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2012 Senate Bill 6150: Authorizing a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards
  1. Introduced by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on January 12, 2012, eliminates the biometric matching system and establishes a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards. (Companion Bill: HB 2433).
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on January 12, 2012.
      • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 7, 2012, provides that, from July 1, 2013, until June 30, 2021, the DOL may issue a driver license or identicard for a period of other than six years in order to evenly distribute the yearly renewal rate. DOL may also issue a driver license that includes a hazardous materials endorsement for a period of other than six years in order to match the validity of certification from the federal transportation security administration. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 7, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 9, 2012.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Don Benton (Vancouver) (R) on February 13, 2012, removes references to the facial recognition matching system in the bill. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 13, 2012.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on February 13, 2012, changes the title of the act to include driver's licenses and permits, in addition to identicards. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 13, 2012.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on February 13, 2012, clarifies that, in addition to when authorized by court order, results from the facial recognition matching system may be disclosed only to law enforcement when the Department has reason to suspect various prohibited acts related to license fraud. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 13, 2012.
  2. Passed 29 to 19 in the Senate on February 13, 2012, authorizes the DOL to implement a facial recognition matching system for all driver’s licenses, permits, and identicards. DOL may not disclose the results from the facial recognition matching system except under limited circumstances. DOL must develop procedures to handle incidents when the facial recognition matching system fails to verify the identity of an applicant. The authority for DOL to charge an applicant a $2.00 fee for submitting a biometric identifier is repealed. The requirement that DOL implement a biometric matching system within two years of implementing the provisions of Real ID Act is removed. Beginning July 1, 2013, a Washington State driver license, endorsement, or identicard is valid for up to six years. The initial motorcycle endorsement fee and the motorcycle renewal fee is changed to reflect the issuance over a six-year period instead of five years. Fees are increased on certain state issued documents.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 15, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on February 15, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 23, 2012.
      • Amendment offered in the House on March 3, 2012, makes a number of technical changes, among them modifying when results from the facial recognition matching system may be disclosed and increasing fees for instruction permits and renewals from $20 to $25. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2012.
      • Amendment offered in the House on March 3, 2012, allows the Department of Licensing to issue drivers' licenses for a period other than a full year. Provides that the provision expiring drivers' licenses issued to persons under the age of 21 on the person's 21st birthday takes effect July 1, 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2012.
  4. Passed 52 to 44 in the House on March 3, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 5, 2012.
  6. Failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2012.
  7. Received in the House on March 6, 2012.
  8. Passed 51 to 47 in the House on March 8, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the Senate on March 8, 2012.
  10. Passed 29 to 20 in the Senate on March 8, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  11. Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on March 23, 2012, allows the Department of Licensing to implement a facial recognition matching system for driver's licenses, permits, and identicards. Changes the renewal period from five years to six years for driver's licenses, motorcycle endorsements, and identicards. Increases fees for driver's licenses, identicards, commercial driver's licenses, instruction permits, original license examinations, duplicate licenses, and DUI hearings. Provides that a driver's license issued to a person under the age of 21 expires on the person's twenty-first birthdate.

Comments

Re: 2012 Senate Bill 6150 (Authorizing a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards)  by donn13 on January 22, 2013 
A lot of people are concerned now if those pictures will be included in a national security database. Isn't this a step forward for undermining our privacy? I don't even know when it's time be glad of a bill of this kind and when not, I wish I was more trustful.


Re: 2012 Senate Bill 6150 (Authorizing a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards)  by armandmarius on June 21, 2012 
If they will pass this bill they will have to be careful about their Network Security, there were cases when the facial recognition matching system was hacked and people deleted themselves from the database. A facial recognition system is great but there is still a long journey till this system will fully replace the biometric matching system.

Re: 2012 Senate Bill 6150 (Authorizing a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards)  by M_DragonKnight on February 17, 2012 

[quote user="hammondo"] As the saying goes first it's the soap box, then the ballot box, with the cartridge box being next. If the legislature has such contempt for us voters......[/quote][quote user="hammondo"] would like to know how this bill is considered to have passed the Senate 29-19 which that is NOT a 2/3 majority.[/quote] 


 


Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...  And now you know why we are all here, and why people (and jobs) are leaving the state.



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