OLYMPIA – Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, released the following statement after the Senate Transportation Committee moved Senate Bill 5008, regarding Real ID, out of committee:

“We already have other options for compliance, including enhanced drivers’ licenses. Marking standard licenses so citizenship is unclear leads to a number of issues, including the possibility people will simply drive without licenses or without insurance.

“I offered an amendment that would have helped ensure Department of Licensing staff were better trained and supported to deal with new policies, and data was kept secure – something more important if the bill passes. The amendment was voted down.

“I greatly appreciate the years of stakeholder engagement and our state’s long-term commitment to ensuring the safety and inclusion of all our residents. However, in light of what is coming out of the other Washington, a two-tier system may divide our residents at a time when we most need to be united.”