Military Identification Bill heard by Veterans’ Affairs Committee
State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-67th) today spoke in favor of a new law proposal that would allow veterans or active military to use their military identification cards to enter public buildings that require one to present a form of personal identification.
Currently, a driver’s license is the standard form of proving one’s identification, but not all veterans have a driver’s license.
“Without question, one’s military identification should be sufficient to enter state buildings and other public buildings that require any individual to show some form of identification,” Buckbee said.
“A friend of mine, one of our veterans, was denied access to a building when he produced his military identification to prove who he was,” he said.
“To deny any member of the active military or veteran access to a building after they have shown who they are is just wrong,” Buckbee stated.
Buckbee also took questions from committee members about the intent of the bill, many seemingly very surprised that presenting a military I.D. was insufficient.
“Considering the sacrifice and service these members of the armed forces provide to our country along with the fact that these identifications are validated and provided by the Department of Defense, it is imperative we grant these current and former service members access to state buildings via a valid military identification,” concluded Buckbee.
The committee will consider the bill over the coming days.
Buckbee said he is hopeful it will move to the House of Representatives for its action.