CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject the federal REAL ID Act, which members said amounted to the creation of a national ID card.
The House voted 268-8 to send the bill to the Senate. The measure would bar the state from complying with the federal act that sets standards for driver's licenses.
Gov. John Lynch has said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
"It is probably the worst piece of blackmail to come out of the federal government. This is pure, unadulterated blackmail," said. Rep. Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry.
Last year, New Hampshire led the way in opposing the law — a move now being considered by other states.
"If we are the first state to opt out, so be it," Packard said.
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