Minnesota Senate takes first baby step toward upgrading IDs

Minnesota’s Senate has taken the first step toward resolving a dispute with the federal government over driver’s licenses. 

The Senate voted 63-2 on Monday to launch a study on how to comply with the boosted standards in the Real ID Act.  Upgraded licenses will be necessary to board domestic flights by October 2020. 

Lawmakers are expecting state officials to present a plan for satisfying the federal government in the coming weeks.  But it’s not a done deal yet. 

Sen. Warren Limmer and other legislators say they still have concerns about the cost, privacy and federal overreach.  Limmer spearheaded a 2009 law banning the state from complying with the act. 

The House is expected to act later this week.  Legislative leaders are aiming to upgrade the driver’s license system by October. 

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