AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci’s office says the he generally supports federal legislation to establish Pass ID secure identification.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who visited last weekend’s National Governors Association conference in Mississippi that Baldacci attended, says the legislation is designed to fulfill the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation to establish national standards for secure driver’s licenses.

Proponents says the bill offers strong privacy protection provisions, reduced costs and greater flexibility for states that would enable standards to be fully implemented a year ahead of the current REAL ID deadline of 2017. Real ID has encountered resistance in Maine and other states.

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