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House Sends Corbett Bill To Block Real ID In Pennsylvania

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(Gov. Tom Corbett, in file photo.   Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Gov. Tom Corbett, in file photo. Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa (CBS) — The ball is in the governor’s court now that the House has sent him a bill that would have Pennsylvania opt out of the federal “Real ID” Act.

Critics, including both conservative Republicans and the ACLU, say the Real ID Act is a “defacto national ID” that imposes burdensome mandates on states.

But during House debate on the bill that would have Pennsylvania join the list of states rejecting Real ID, Delaware County Democrat Greg Vitali said he was concerned that the 9-11 hijackers were carrying multiple phony driver’s licenses.

“And I’m just concerned with regard to the message that we send by backing away from more secure IDs,” said Vitali.

But fellow Democrat Babette Josephs of Philadelphia supports the opt-out bill.

“What the feds wanted to do in this case was a massive invasion of privacy for the citizens,” Josephs said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Governor Corbett, who now has the bill on his desk, says the governor as yet has no position on the measure.

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