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Statement from Rep. Brian Daniels on passage of bill to repeal REAL ID moratorium

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MINNESOTA HOUSE APPROVES REPEAL OF REAL ID MORATORIUM
 
ST. PAUL – Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow Minnesota to prepare for the implementation of REAL ID. State Representative Brian Daniels (R-Faribault) voted in favor of the measure.
 
"Addressing REAL ID was among my top priorities this session," Daniels said. “I am glad that Republicans and Democrats were able to come together to address this important issue and begin the process of bringing Minnesota into federal compliance, while also protecting the privacy data of millions of Minnesotans.”
 
In January, the Department of Homeland Security told Minnesota it had until 2018 to develop REAL ID-compliant licenses in order for residents to board an airplane. Currently Minnesota's licenses do not comply with the federal REAL ID Act.
 
Minnesota had previously approved a law barring Minnesota's Department of Public Safety from even discussing REAL ID compliance with Homeland Security. The measure approved by the House recently would partially eliminate that ban and allow the planning process to begin.
 
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