So, if this program is ending, one wonders what will happen with the vestigial data collected over the last year? Will it be expunged? Has it already been shared with the feds through the state's fusion centers? (See more from the Dallas Morning News.)based on concerns and questions raised by a number of legislators regarding the statutory authority of DPS to collect all 10 fingerprints in order to obtain a driver license (DL) or identification (ID) card, the department will immediately cease collecting all 10 fingerprints in order to obtain a driver license or identification card. The department will continue to comply with Texas Transportation Code, Section 521.059, passed by the legislature in 2005, which requires the department to collect “an applicant’s thumbprints or fingerprints.” The department will comply with any further direction or legislative action taken by the Texas Legislature regarding this matter.
I'm not a betting man but, if I were, I'd wager a sweet sum that DPS won't get the post hoc authorization they're looking for. The last time the Texas Legislature voted on this topic, the House shot down the idea by an 111-26 margin, defying the leadership in a post-9/11 homeland security vote. (See more background here.) It's hard to imagine that the margin has shifted at all since then and indeed today my rough guess would be the vote would turn out even more lopsided. We'll soon find out, won't we?