A Californiathat would temporarily prohibit the use of tiny radio devices in driver's licenses and other state-issued forms of identification won approval on Tuesday from the the State Assembly's Judiciary Committee in a 6-3 vote along party lines. The bill, SB 682, moves next to a floor vote in the Assembly, which last year derailed a proposal for restrictions on the conmmercial use of such devices, also known as radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips.
California Sen. Joe Simitian, a Democrat from Palo Alto, introduced the bill, called the Identity Information Protection Act of 2005, in February following public outcry over a Sutter County school'sto outfit elementary students with ID badges containing RFID chips. The Senate the bill in May. It has since been signficantly amended, replacing the permanent ban with a 3-year "time-out" and allowing immediate use of the technology in certain cases.