An Alaska state lawmaker is expected to introduce a bill in
the coming weeks that would allow for a special mark to be placed on the
driver's licenses of residents who have been ordered by courts to stop
Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, is touting the concept to
have an identifying mark on state-issued identification. He said it is intended
to alert bars and liquor stores when potential customers are under court order
not to drink.
"It also presents a mechanism for the bar owner or the
liquor store owner to recover a civil penalty from folks who try to buy. We've
had good luck with that same mechanism in combating underage drinking," French
told KTUU-TV in Anchorage.
Opponents say the idea goes too far because it's an invasion
of people's privacy when it comes to using their driver's licenses as an
official document for such things as boarding a plane or cashing a check.
The Alaska General Assembly opens its new session Jan. 16.