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RELEASE: Rep. Peggy Scott Statement on REAL ID Working Group

Friday, January 8, 2016

ST. PAUL, MN—On Thursday, the joint House and Senate REAL ID Working Group met for the first time to discuss Minnesota’s non-compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. Representative Peggy Scott, R-Andover, chaired the meeting and issued the following statement.

“The most important thing we learned from this meeting is that Minnesotans do not need to worry about boarding an airplane with their current identification card,” said Rep. Scott. “It was a productive meeting, and I am encouraged that the Senate and governor have joined the House, for the first time, provided draft legislation to expedite this conversation. We see a path forward, and residents of our state can be assured their travel plans are not at risk.”

Minnesotans have 120 days after a yet-to-be-specified date to become REAL ID compliant or receive an extension from the federal government before enforcement could begin.

“There’s no need for the public to be concerned,” said Scott. “REAL ID is a top priority of the Legislature and something we can address on the first day of the legislative session to ensure Minnesotans’ travel plans are not disrupted and their privacy is protected.”