This is a hard one to believe. After sitting around all day yesterday trying to think of something to say here, I just filled the spot. Then, after I had published it, news came in of Maine Senator Paula Benoit’s bill to require a valid Social Security number to get a driver’s license in Maine has been rejected by the committee that decides what will and what won’t be discussed in this session.
That’s outrageous! It was learned late last year that
Basic questions about residency and citizenship aren’t asked. It has been reported that this state has more than 5,000 drivers’ licenses issued with a social security number of 999-99-9999. Just recently a man was arrested for bank robbery in the state. He was an illegal alien from
Sen. Benoit asked the Legislative Council to allow a bill requiring the Secretary of State and Department of Motor Vehicles to have such proof of citizenship before issuing a license. Along party lines, Democrats opposed, Republicans favoring, the Council has rejected the request to have the Legislature consider the measure. The Secretary of State has told Sen. Benoit that licenses are no longer issued without a valid SS number. But a member of the department says the practice is continuing.
In fact, according to a release from the State Senate Republicans, calls to DMV offices around the state have indicated that licenses have been issued after the applicant showed a letter from the Social Security Administration that a SS number had been denied.
That release also says the SSA said some addresses given were non-existent.
Sen. Benoit says she will reintroduce her bill next session when Legislative Council approval is not needed. Meanwhile, in