80R8188 CLE-D
  By: Corte H.C.R. No. 172
         WHEREAS, The REAL ID Act of 2005, passed by the United States
  Congress as part of comprehensive homeland security legislation,
  imposes stringent federal standards for the issuance of new state
  driver's licenses and identification (ID) cards that will be
  required to board an airplane or enter a federal building beginning
  in 2013 according to an impact analysis by the National Governor's
  Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the
  American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, these
  standards will cost the 50 states an estimated $11 billion over five
  years;  and
         WHEREAS, This price tag includes $8.48 billion to comply with
  provisions of the act requiring driver's license/ID card holders to
  present original ID documents in person for verification before a
  REAL ID-compliant license or card can be issued and $2.53 billion
  for independent verification of each ID document with its issuing
  agency and incorporation of required security features into the
  design of the new licenses and ID cards; and
         WHEREAS, These federal requirements oblige the State of Texas
  to verify and reissue more than 18.5 million driver's licenses and
  ID cards, prompting the Texas Department of Public Safety to
  request $268.7 million for the 2008-2009 biennium to hire 737 new
  full-time employees, open additional driver's license offices,
  update card design and technology, and otherwise implement the REAL
  ID Act; the agency expects ongoing REAL ID expenses to be $101.3
  million per year; and
         WHEREAS, To meet these financial demands the Legislative
  Budget Board recommends increasing driver's license and ID card
  application and renewal fees up to $15 above current amounts to
  generate enough revenue to cover ongoing costs of the REAL ID Act
  that will not be funded by the federal government; and
         WHEREAS, Clearly, the $40 million total congress has
  appropriated to help the states comply with the REAL ID Act is
  insufficient, and before Texas is forced to increase the price of
  its driver's license or ID card by nearly 63 percent, congress
  should act to provide the necessary funds to meet the objectives of
  this important legislation; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby urge the Congress of the United States to fund the REAL ID
  Act of 2005; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the
  senate of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the
  Texas delegation to the congress with the request that this
  resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.