The TWIC Card – Killing Summer Jobs for Kids?
“TWIC” stands for Transportation Worker Identification Credential. The TWIC card is a federal program that’s been floating around for a few years now.
Post-9/11, someone decided that if we knew who all the transportation workers were, our transportation would be more secure. That’s true in a small way, but it wouldn’t stop terrorists, it treats all transportation workers a little bit like criminals, and it represents huge bureaucratic hassles for small business people in particular.
How does all that come home to roost? Savannah Price tells us in the comments to S. 3377, the Small Marine Business and Fishing Guide Relief Act of 2008:
My Name is Savannnah Price I am 16 years old and i am a deckhand on a small charter boat in Juneau Alaska. My captain says if he must acept the TWIC card he will no longer be in the charter buisness. It would hurt me and a lot of our trust worthy clients if we were no longer in buiness. I know i am only 16 but it should say something when a 16 year belives in something she is very postionate about and someone is going to ruin that with a simple card. I dont see why we have to fix something that is not broken, we are doing fine know we dont NEED the TWIC card. Let us spend our time worrying about other things. Thank you for taking the time to read this i hopr you take my opinion into consideration. It would mean the world to a lot of people.
(It’s times like these when you get a little bit proud for running a Web site like this because you’re doing a little bit to get young people like Savannah participating in our democracy.)
S. 3377 is designed to relieve certain small business merchant mariners from some of the TWIC card obligations. Makes sense in Juneau, Alaska, which is probably not a terrorist target. And it might be that relief like this should be extended more broadly.
Here’s the current vote on S. 3377, the Small Marine Business and Fishing Guide Relief Act of 2008. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.