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Boston OneCard hearing

Thursday Oct 27, 2016

BOSTON - On Thursday, October 27th, City Council President Michelle Wu invites members of the public to testify on the 'Boston OneCard' municipal ID proposal, which would remove roadblocks toservices for more than 140,000 residents who lack photo ID, including undocumented immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, and the transgender community.

"Obtaining a formal ID card is too difficult for many of our most vulnerable populations, leading to discrimination and safety concerns," said Council President Wu. "The Boston OneCard will improve access to critical health, safety, and financial services for all residents, ultimately leading to a stronger city."

Inspired by successful implementation in other municipalities such as New York City, San Francisco, and Newark, the Boston OneCard would create a new municipal ID to provide access to formal identification for all city residents regardless of status.

OneCard would give residents the option to list medical or health information to assist first responders in case of emergency. The OneCard could also streamline access to city services, by combining MBTA, Library Card, and school ID functions.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh allocated $100,000 in funding to initiate the Boston OneCard process in the city's FY17 budget.

The Boston City Council 'Boston OneCard' Municipal ID Hearing will be held on Thursday, October 27th, at 3:00 p.m., in the Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square.

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