The Utah House voted Thursday for the state to opt out of the national REAL ID Act in yet another move to oppose what many legislators consider an overbearing federal government.
"It's time we say, 'Federal government, stay away from this, let us handle it ourselves,'" said Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, the bill's sponsor.
However, the bill would not reverse parts of the act that Utah already complies with, such as requiring a birth certificate to obtain or renew a driver license.
Sandstrom pointed out his bill is supported by a wide range of groups, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Utah Eagle Forum. House members also liked it, approving it on a 68-3 vote and sending it to the Senate.
So far, 15 states have opted out of the act, while 13 others are considering it, Sandstrom said.