NO Municipal IDs
We are very grateful to Sen. Mark Green, MD, (Clarksville), and Rep. William Lamberth (Portland), for being the sponsors of the Anti-Municipal ID bill (SB2333-HB2312.). We saw it as a companion to our Anti-Sanctuary City bill.
Under Rep. Lamberth's excellent leadership, on April 12, HB2312 passed the House floor 72-23-1. Then we were off to the Senate floor. Our great sponsor, Sen. Green ran into a lot of opposition among his colleagues. On April 25, the Senate passed different language, 23-5. When that language was sent back to the House, the House refused to adopt and the bill was sent to a Conference Committee.
Now keep in mind, this was the last day of the Session. Some changes were made, then the Conference Committee Report was send back to both Chambers, where it passed the House 69-9-1 and the Senate 25-3. In each Chamber the vote on the Report was the LAST VOTE TAKEN before they adjourned Sine Die for the year!!!
It went to the Governor on May 10 and HE SIGNED it on May 21st. Whew!!!
In addition to our gratitude to our sponsors, we are grateful for every person who contacted their legislators and the Governor in support of this bill.
Conf. comm. report adopted, Ayes 69, Nays 9 PNV 1 in the House, adopted in the Senate Ayes 25, Nays 3
April 25,2018, The ID bill passed the Senate 23-5:
Sens. Voting aye: Bailey, Bell, Bowling, Briggs, Crowe, Dickerson, Gardenhire, Green, Gresham, Hensley, Jackson, Johnson, Lundberg, Massey, Niceley, Pody, Reeves, Roberts, Stevens, Swann, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally. Sens. vote No; Harper, Harris, Lyle, Tate, Yarbro.
HB2312 by Lamberth - FLOOR VOTE: AS AMENDED PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/12/2018
Present and not voting...................1
Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Boyd, Brooks H., Brooks K., Butt, Byrd, Calfee, Carr, Carter, Casada, Coley, Crawford, Curcio, Daniel, Doss, Eldridge, Faison, Farmer, Forgety, Gant, Gravitt, Halford, Hawk, Hazlewood, Hicks, Hill M., Hill T., Holsclaw, Holt, Howell, Hulsey, Johnson, Kane, Keisling, Kumar, Lamberth, Littleton, Lollar, Lynn, Marsh, Matheny, Matlock, McCormick, McDaniel, Moody, Moon, Powers, Ragan, Ramsey, Reedy, Rogers, Rudd, Sanderson, Sargent, Sexton C., Sexton J., Sherrell, Smith, Sparks, Terry, Tillis, Travis, Van Huss, Vaughan, Weaver, White D., White M., Whitson, Windle, Wirgau, Zachary, Madame Speaker Harwell -- 72.
Representatives voting no were: Akbari, Beck, Camper, Clemmons, Cooper, Favors, Fitzhugh, Gilmore, Hardaway, Jernigan, Jones, Love, Miller, Mitchell, Parkinson, Pitts, Powell, Shaw, Staples, Stewart, Thompson, Towns, Turner -- 23.
Representatives present and not voting were: Dunn -- 1.
Municipal ID bill as it passed the House HERE . This is the language we intend to pursue in the Senate.
The TN House passed HB2312 72-23-1. Now, on to the Senate.
NO MUNICIPAL IDs:
SB 2333 by *Green, Bell, Hensley
HB 2312 by *Lamberth , Casada, Hill M, Holt, Boyd, Goins, Eldridge, Byrd, Matheny, Terry, Rudd, Alexander, Powers, Lynn, Reedy, Moody, Vaughan, Ragan, Weaver, White D, Daniel, Carter, Kumar - 23
Public Officials - As introduced, prohibits the use of consular identification cards, and other similar documents not authorized by the general assembly for use for identification purposes, for determining a person's identity or residency by an official or employee of the state or any political subdivision of the state; prohibits local governments and law enforcement agencies from establishing the acceptability of any such cards or documents.
WE AMENDED THE ORIGINAL BILL LANGUAGE TO READ:
HB2312 Passed the House floor, April 12, 72-23-1.SB2333 will soon be on the Senate Floor,
Identification Documents Bill Update
SB 2333 Green – HB 2312 Lamberth
Purpose of the bill: To ensure that only state sanctioned documents are used to establish a person’s identity while a resident in, or visitor, to Tennessee.
Why we need this bill: After the two ordinances that would have effectuated sanctuary city status for Davidson County were withdrawn, the sponsor, Metro Council member Bob Mendes, said that the “goals are unchanged” and that he planned to “refocus [his] efforts.”
Local jurisdictions, some formally declared sanctuary status and others operating informally as such, have issued local identification cards that are accepted by local law enforcement and for other purposes, as a valid form of identification.
How this bill works: This bill is very simple.
• It identifies which documents can be accepted by any government official or employee to establish a person’s identity.
• Any local identity card program would have to be authorized by the General Assembly.
• Local governments and law enforcement are prohibited from relying on documents not sanctioned by the General Assembly to establish a person’s identity or residency.
Local jurisdictions do not have the resources to make valid determinations as to the actual identity of those applying for a card or a person’s immigration status. With increased incidence of identity theft and fraudulent documents, there can be no assurances that locally issued ID's would accurately identify an individual or the legality of that person's immigration status.
Local identity card programs are characterized as useful to groups such as the homeless, and runaway youth in addition to “undocumented immigrants” and others. Some card programs allow the card-holder to obtain services that require a photo ID such as opening a bank account, or using the card to access other services such as obtaining a library card. Some programs offer local card-holders discounted fees to movie theaters and museums.
Locally issued identification cards, however, most benefit illegal aliens by enabling them to reside in the jurisdiction under an impression of lawful presence.
• The amended language is consistent with the Tennessee Code:
• matricula consular cards cannot be accepted as proof of identification for driver license application and issuance purposes
• nor can the matricula consular card be used to obtain any state photo ID for purposes of voting
• USCIS does not accept the matricula consular card as proof of identity for Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification Form
• a matricula consular card is not listed among the acceptable forms of identification for domestic air travel