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REAL ID Finally a Done Deal in Minnesota

REAL ID Finally a Done Deal in Minnesota

In Minnesota, solar has grown 80 percent in the first quarter of 2017, and nearly 340 megawatts (MW) of the current 440 MW installed in the state were added in 2016.

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

Officials say its passage allows the state to get an extension for using standard driver's licenses until October 2020.

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.

The new law is a signal to the federal government that Minnesotans plan to update their driver's licenses to meet minimum federal security standards.

The latter issue was the source of the most recent controversy on the bill.

The votes, 120-11 in the House and 57-8 in the Senate, came Wednesday to help end the saga of bringing Real ID to the state.

Dayton praised the Legislature for finally passing what he called critical legislation. Republicans wanted the bill to explicitly bar the Department of Public Safety from issuing drivers license's to undocumented immigrants, while Dayton initially said he would like the department to have explicit authority to do so. Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, D-Cook, an old hand at budget talks, said it is becoming logistically hard to finish bills on time. Republicans argued that the state should strengthen a rule that now prohibits licenses for people in the country illegally, while DFLers including Dayton said that shouldn't be part of the Real ID debate.

But even before the debate over immigrant identification, Minnesota lawmakers had a problem with the Real ID Act.

Dayton has stated that a new budget deal must be reached, but the time frame to do so is unclear at this point.


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