Dayton Vetoes Bill for Teacher Licensing Overhaul

Dayton Vetoes Bill for Teacher Licensing Overhaul

Minnesota now offers an enhanced driver's license that meets the needs of the Real ID Law.

If signed by Gov. Mark Dayton as expected, it will allow Minnesota to follow the other 49 USA states in moving to upgrade their licensing systems.

With it, Minnesotans will no longer have to worry about their driver's licenses not working for domestic flights. But Minnesota is likely to apply for a waiver to get more time to implement the law.

Last night, the state senate followed the House and passed a bill to upgrade the state's driver's licenses and I-D cards to comply with new federal standards.

A compromise this session at the state Capitol had been hung up by a fight over driver's licenses for immigrants without proper documentation.

If a license has not expired and a Minnesotan wants one of the new licenses, a new Real ID-compliant license may be obtained once they are available for a little extra money to have its expiration date extended.

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The latter issue was the source of the most recent controversy on the bill. The new law would require the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to begin issuing licenses by October 1, 2018.

Governor Dayton has signed Real ID legislation into law. In the end, the Real ID measure is silent on that question.

Without the change, there was a chance come January that Minnesota travelers could have been turned away at airport checkpoints unless they brought a passport or another acceptable form of identification. Basically, it tied the department's hands from acting on - or even talking about - Real ID.

The new deal creates a compliant license, but also the option of a non-compliant license for those not wanting to share information with the federal government.

Due to squabbling over transportation spending in St. Paul, the governor says the only way to get the job done is force residents to pay more when buying a vehicle. "It's going to be a much better day in Minnesota".

Immigration activists say they plan on fighting for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

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