Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Montana Court: Law requiring Social Security numbers constitutional

"The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a state law that requires applicants for wildlife conservation licenses to include the last four digits of their Social Security numbers on the application.

The Montana Shooting Sports Association had challenged the requirement, arguing it unconstitutionally infringes upon an applicant’s fundamental right to privacy.

District Judge Ed McLean in Missoula rejected the argument and the Supreme Court, in a 5-0 ruling issued on Tuesday, upheld McLean’s ruling.

The Supreme Court says the state legitimately asks for the information to comply with federal requirements that make it easier to track down people who owe back child support."

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