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Lawmakers in Washington state are considering a bill that would give the homeless state-issued ID cards free of charge.
The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 5664, would task two state agencies— the Department of Commerce and the Department of Licensing— with creating a program that would give a form of state-issued identification to any homeless person in Washington state who does not already have an ID card at no cost to them.
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“When you think about all the many, many instances that each one of us are required to show ID on a regular basis, I think it’s easy to understand what a barrier a lack of ID can be,” state Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), the primary sponsor of the bill, told the Seattle Times.
Although the cards would be issued at no cost to the homeless, it would cost the state several hundred thousand dollars just to get off the ground.
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The program, if it passes the state legislature, would cost the state Commerce Department and the Department of Licensing an estimated $460,000 between 2019 and 2021 to operate.
But the bill’s...
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