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Ohio House committee favors enhanced licenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio House committee has approved legislation that would create enhanced driver's licenses that could be used in place of passports when traveling to Canada or Mexico.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the bill passed Tuesday by the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee would have licenses embedded with radio frequency technology. That would allow a device to read information contained in the card without making physical contact.

If passed by the Legislature, the action would add Ohio to the growing list of states where enhanced IDs are available.

But Gary Daniels with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says there are concerns the technology is not secure, and that the system could be abused by the government or third parties.

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