February 11, 1997 in Idaho

House Protects Drivers’ Privacy

From Staff And Wire Reports

After much previous debate, the House on Monday approved a bill designed to protect the privacy of information on motor vehicle and driver’s license applications and sent the measure to the Senate.

The vote was 67-0.

Sponsor Rep. Paul Kjellander, R-Boise, said a federal law requires more protection for the privacy of personal information. If the state doesn’t comply, it faces a fine up to $5,000 per day.

“This gives us the ability to protect a little bit more of our privacy while at the same time avoiding a hefty federal fine,” he said.

Earlier, the bill was opposed by news media and companies such as parking lot operators, who feared they wouldn’t be able to get information under the new law.

The measure was amended to resolve some of the objections.

, DataTimes

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