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Gee, propose a solution that’s not going to solve the problem.

The paranoid obstruction continues.

A bill, introduced last Thursday:

HB 954  
Conditions the consent given to the United States to acquire certain state lands on the state receiving an exemption to federal REAL ID requirements
Sponsor: Ross, Robert (142)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 1959H.01I
Last Action: 02/20/2017 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 954
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The bill summary:

SPONSOR: Ross This bill states that it will suspend state approval for the acquisition of state lands by the federal government until the federal government gives the state an exemption to the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.

The bill text:

HOUSE BILL NO. 954 [pdf]

1959H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk


To amend chapter 12, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the acquisition of land by the United States government.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 12, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 12.055, to read as follows:
12.055. The provisions of sections 12.010 to 12.050 granting consent of the state to the acquisition by the United States of any land in this state are hereby suspended unless and until the federal government grants an exemption to the state from the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.

[emphasis in original]


In their infinite paranoid wisdom a past iteration of the Missouri General Assembly obstructed the compliance of Missouri Driver Licenses to federal REAL ID standards. The federal standards were one of the solutions and reactions to the loose ID standards that contributed to the 2001 terror attacks. It should be noted that the George W. Bush (r) administration proposed and implemented those federal ID standards.

As a consequence of this recalcitrance on the part of the Missouri General Assembly, citizens of our fair state currently possess state issued IDs which do not comply with the federal requirements and the state does not have a compliance waiver. Currently Missouri state issued IDs cannot be used for entrance to federal courthouses, federal military installation, or any nuclear facility. In January 2018 if this is not fixed for Missourians they will not be able to use their state issued ID to fly. Absent a passport, Missourians will not be able to travel on a commercial flight.

Think about that when you can’t fly to see grandma and grandpa after January 2018. And be sure to thank your state representative and state senator for their foresight and efficiency in addressing the issue.


HB 361 (2009): creating a REAL ID mess for Missourians – HB 151 and HB 166 (2017): sort of try to fix it (December 14, 2016)