Minnesota Senate Failure Hands Real ID Effort Big Setback
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota officials' efforts to upgrade driver's
licenses so they pass muster for domestic flights have hit a snag.
The state Senate defeated a bill Monday to put Minnesota in compliance with the
federal Real ID law. Democrats concerned about blocking driver's license access
for immigrants living in Minnesota illegally united with several Republicans who
call the federal law an overreach to sink the bill.
It's a setback as Minnesota races toward a January 2018 deadline for the new
IDs to board domestic flights. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka
says they'll regroup to find a bill that can pass.
Senate Democrats took issue with part of the legislation reiterating a state
rule against issuing driver's licenses to immigrants living in Minnesota
illegally. Republicans blamed Republicans for politicizing the issue.