Libous weighs in on Spitzer's license plan backout

NORWICH – It wasn’t what Governor Eliot Spitzer is calling the “hyper-partisanship” of American politics that forced him to abandon his illegal immigrant driver’s license plan, says Senator Tom Libous (R-Binghamton).

Libous claims the license plan was dropped for the exact opposite reason – because it doesn’t have enough support from Democrats, let alone Republicans.

According to a recent Siena College poll, an overwhelming number of New Yorkers aren’t in favor of it, either.

“I never seen an issue cut across party lines with no support such as this one,” the chair of the state Senate’s Transportation Committee said Wednesday.

Spitzer was proposing to allow state residents without Social Security numbers to be eligible for licenses. They would have to provie 14 proofs of identitity, and undergo stricter background checks.

The proposal was part of a three-tier plan to comply with upcoming identification upgrades that will require all U.S. residents to have federally approved I.D.’s to board planes, cross borders in North America and enter government buildings.

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