ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota lawmakers may be close to a deal that would
finally put the state in line with federal ID requirements.

Republicans and Democrats have been at odds for years over Real ID _ an
enhanced license that sets security standards for identification at airports or
entering a military base.

A possible deal opened earlier this session when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton
backed away from altering state rules to let immigrants living illegally in
Minnesota get licenses. House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Dayton's concession means
the House won't push for an outright ban.

Republican Rep. Dennis Smith of Maple Grove said his focus during conference
committee is getting a bill that will comply with federal standards.

Dayton said on Tuesday he's ready to sign the bill that emerges from