Delegate Ric Metzgar (R-6) voted in the House Health and Government Operations Committee (HGO) to prohibit implanting identification devices in people.

House Bill 1101 prohibits state and local governments from requiring, coercing, or compelling an individual to undergo the subcutaneous implanting of an identification device in human beings. It also authorizes an individual who is implanted with a subcutaneous identification device in violation of a certain provision of the act to file a civil action in a court within a certain period of time.

This technology would allow the transmission of personal information including devices using radio frequency identification (FRID) to include social security number and blood type. It has the potential to monitor employees in the workplace which would be a violation of their privacy and rights.

This may seem like science fiction on an episode of The Twilight Zone television show but it would microchip human beings similar to dogs and cats. “This is the first step towards subliminal messages of the end of time,” says Delegate Metzgar. This is not a new idea.

In October of 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved radio frequency identification for use in humans which would be implanted under the skin. There are pros and cons about this technology.

Once implanted, the medical community can retrieve a patient identifier to access a patient’s medical information from a website. This could be used in the event of a serious car accident. FRID chips have already been voluntarily implanted to replace security badges or train passes.

About ten years ago, the U.S. Army had discussed microchipping Soldiers as a way to locate Prisoners of War (POWs), Missing in Action (MIAs) and other Soldiers who are held as captives. In the military community, there are mixed results about this technology. Some Soldiers think that it is a good idea to be able to rescue Soldiers behind enemy lines while other Soldiers would leave the Army if forced to undergo such procedures.

A Staff Member in the Maryland General Assembly who is a lawyer says this is a good idea and thinks that it will happen in the future. He sees it first starting in the military. Then in the civilian world in nursing homes as a way to monitor the elderly and prisons to monitor inmates.

There are five states that have bans in place. There are California, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. Several states are considering bans.

Regarding the use of radio frequency identification in Maryland, “This is never going to happen under my watch,” concludes Delegate Metzgar.

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