The Senate has passed Senate Bill 1813 with a a vote of 74-22. The bill, according to the Senate’s website, would:
A bill to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes.
Well, that sounds innocent enough. A bit vague, if anything. What do you think they mean by other purposes?
Section 31406 of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) bill calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in new vehicles, starting in the year 2015.
The bill states that within 180 days of the enactment of the bill, the Secretary must revise part 563 of title 49 (Code of Federal Regulations) “to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part.”
The bill then goes on to describe the “limitations” on information retrieval. Basically, while there will be a “Big Brother” style recording device in all new vehicles, the data recorded on the device will be the property of the owner of the vehicle.
Oh, it’s MY property. Good thing the government doesn’t have a history of forcibly taking people’s property or anything.
The bill is in the House now. Here’s how the vote went down in the Senate:
Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs —74 Akaka (D-HI)
NAYs —22 Ayotte (R-NH)
Not Voting – 4 Crapo (R-ID)
Both my Senators voted for it. Looks like I have a phone call or two to make.