House Bill 1549 that prohibits the use of motor vehicle records for any federal identification database, passed both the NH House and Senate, but vetoed by Governor Lynch on Wednesday, May 23.
In his press release Lynch said, “The bill, as passed, would prohibit the federal government from maintaining information from New Hampshire motor vehicle records for lawful public safety purposes. Although this bill may have been well-intentioned, the New Hampshire Department of Safety believes it would have serious negative consequences for the apprehension of criminals, the recovery of stolen vehicles, and even for the prevention of terrorism and threats against the President and Vice-President of the United States.”
Lynch went on to say the bill could prevent the State Police from entering stolen vehicle information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The Governor went on to explain that it could prevent missing children from being entered into the database at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, if a minor child has a drivers license or non-driver identification card, if the police need to use the photo from the document.
Lynch said these examples are real concerns that Commissioner Barthelmes and the Department of Safety have brought to my attention concerning HB 1549, as passed. The Governor continued and stated that RSA 260:14, governs access to motor vehicle records, and 2007 Laws Chapter 243, prohibits New Hampshire’s participation in Real ID, which Lynch said was the purpose of HB 1549.
State Representative John Burt of Goffstown NH doesn’t agree with the Governor’s veto, “This is a good bill for the people of NH to stop the Feds from a national ID. I voted yes for the bill. I think we will have enough votes for a Veto Override, but I don’t know about the Senate.”