Skip to comments.O'Malley banks on a Democrat (RealID)
Posted on 02/07/2008 11:10:51 AM PST by JZelle
ANNAPOLIS Gov. Martin O'Malley told lawmakers yesterday he hopes a Democrat will win the presidential election this fall, which will save him from implementing a federal law that allows only U.S. citizens to receive driver's licenses.
"I was very pleased," said Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, Montgomery Democrat, who attended the Women's Legislative Caucus breakfast where Mr. O'Malley made the statement.
Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said he is primarily concerned about the cost of the program, known as the Real ID Act, after saying last month he would implement the law by Jan. 1, 2010.
Supporters of the federal program who attended the breakfast said Mr. O'Malley was stalling to dodge the issue.
"We're trying to figure out where he stands on this," said Delegate Jeannie Haddaway, Eastern Shore Republican.
Mrs. Haddaway said she and other members of the women's caucus which hosts annual breakfasts with Maryland governors were only somewhat surprised at Mr. O'Malley's announcement.
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the governor has "never shied away" from the issue.
He also said charges that Mr. O'Malley is stalling are "ridiculous" and said federal regulators only recently released 300 pages of guidelines that state transportation officials were still parsing.
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Lie! Legal immigrants and (I believe) legal non-immigrant temporary residents can get driver's licenses. About the only people who shouldn't get them are illegals. I wouldn't even mind illegals getting them if it clearly stated their immigration status and they had to make a non-refundable prepayment for insurance (like those requirements would ever be accepted by the illegals).
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
I am sick to death of Our Boy Governor.
He’s a piece of work idn’t he.