UPDATE: Johnson County board OKs creation of community ID program
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has approved creation of a community ID program.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the board voted unanimously for the proposal on Thursday.
The program was proposed by Iowa City's Human Rights Commission and Ad Hoc Diversity Committee last year. It will facilitate access to local services for immigrants and others who don't have documents needed for state-issued ID. The list of potential beneficiaries includes senior citizens who no longer drive and spouses and dependents of international students.
Bill Peterson is executive director of the Iowa State Association of Counties, and he says he's not sure what value such IDs will have beyond Johnson County. But, he says, "if it proves to be a good idea, then perhaps other entities will adopt it."