Texas House of Representatives rejected a bill last week that would
have allowed state police to collect “biometric” data about drivers.
concerns about Big Brother, the House resoundingly defeated the
proposal by a 111-26 vote on May 27. The bill previously passed
would have raised driver’s license fees from $24 to $30, to help
fund the $47 million cost of the computerized system, the Houston
you pass this bill, Big Brother will be watching you,” Rep. John
Mabry, D-Waco, warned colleagues before the vote.
measure would have allowed police to gather information about the
physical features of a person based on physiological characteristics,
including facial recognition, thumbprinting and fingerprinting.
The high-tech identifiers would be an effective tool against terrorism,
said they feared the techniques could include retinal scanning and
Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, complained that police would be able to
assemble “a database for government to track every one of us.”
war on terrorism is serious, but we can’t give up our liberties,”