(UPDATED at 6:39 p.m. with Senate action)
What a difference the better part of a decade makes when it comes to legislation that would make Minnesota comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 to institute higher standards of security and data on state-issued ID cards.
It was another story in 2009, when the House voted 133-0 to prohibit implementation of the federal Real ID law, or even study on how compliance might work, out of concern for data privacy and federal overreach. That ban was enacted and stayed in effect until last year, when a partial repeal allowed state agencies to plan for implementation.
A key difference in the bill compared to when the House first passed it 72-58 Feb. 23 is removal of a provision barring undocumented residents from obtaining state driver’s licenses. That prohibition currently exists in rule form but DFLers object to putting it into law.
Smith called the measure that emerged from the conference committee “a better bill than [when] it left.” He said if it’s signed into law, Minnesotans could continue to use a regular driver’s license to board domestic commercial aircraft until October 2020, past a January 2018 federal deadline.
The move would also ease admittance to military bases, nuclear power plants and other federal facilities, which has in some cases proved troublesome for those presenting Minnesota IDs.
“This bill’s been a long haul,” said Rep. Leon Lillie (DFL-North St. Paul). “It’s going to be a much better day in Minnesota.”
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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