Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 23, 2007
Contact: Tiffany Champion
(512) 463-0126

Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte to serve as witness for U.S. Hearing

(AUSTIN, TX) -- On Monday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) will serve as a witness for a U.S. Senate hearing on the REAL ID Act.

Van de Putte has been invited to serve as a witness in her capacity as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and as a state senator. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia will hold the hearing entitled, Understanding the Realities of REAL ID: A Review of Efforts to Secure Drivers' Licenses and Identification Cards. The purpose of the hearing is to review the REAL ID Act of 2005 and the proposed regulations released by the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2006, implementing the Act.

The REAL ID Act is an attempt to create national standards for the issuance of state driver's licenses and identification cards. Each state is required to comply with this federal requirement. Though this is a federal mandate, states will incur the expense. Van de Putte said, "Apparently the federal government's plan is for states to pass along the costs to consumers. By several estimates some will pay more than $100 to renew their drivers licenses and that coupled with the additional time it will take waiting in line makes for a big headache. State officials can and will make the REAL ID Act work, I look forward to working with our Washington counterparts to strengthen the security of state issued drivers licenses."

Daniel K. Akaka serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government.

The hearing will be held in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.