Bill requires you to identify yourself at all times / PAPERS PLEASE!

Jim Forsyth
WOAI News Radio
April 16, 2009

Editor’s note: So much for probable cause and the Fourth Amendment. According to the Kolender v. Lawson ruling of 1983, a demand for ID constitutes a search. Hundreds of years of common law and the Bill of Rights are now being relegated to the memory hole.

Papers please!!

The Texas Senate has approved a bizarre measure which would require citizens to show some sort of identification to any police officer who demands it, at any time, for any reason, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Currently, it is illegal for a person to give a false name to police, but there is no law rewiring a person to provide i.d. at an officer’s whim. And State Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) doesn’t like the sound of this bill.

“We still live in a free society,” he said. “I don’t want police officers to be able to pull you over and ask that you identify yourself.”

The bill would also require individuals to provide their date of birth and ‘residence address’ to police.

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