Dayton signs Real ID bill, averting travel woes for 2018

Dayton signs Real ID bill, averting travel woes for 2018

Dayton signs Real ID bill, averting travel woes for 2018

Lawmakers are careening toward the end of their session without having figured out a path to a new state budget.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill the Minnesota Legislature overwhelmingly approved on Thursday morning, May 18.

State Rep. Jim Knoblach, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller shown at a press conference earlier this week. By counting the courts and cyber security funding priorities separately, Dayton wasn't actually meeting Republicans halfway, he said.

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.

In response, Republican lawmakers said they are going into a "cone of silence" on the status of negotiations.

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After that point, Minnesotans will have options: a Real ID license that will allow for access to airports, military facilities and federal buildings, or a standard license, which won't be valid for air travel or entrance to military or federal buildings. "Real Minnesotans who are elderly, who are disabled, who are down-and-out, and they're gonna take away services and dollars for them", says Dayton.

Once Dayton signs the bill, Smith said the state would be able to secure an extension through October 2020, by which time the state should be up to speed in issuing Real ID-compliant licenses.

But most lawmakers were relieved to finally solve a problem that threatened to create major headaches for their constituents. When they left less than 10 minutes later, they said they would return in about an hour.

"We applaud Governor Dayton for vetoing this bill that would have removed critical consumer protection measures for Minnesota residents and eliminated the Made in Minnesota solar manufacturing program", Sean Gallagher, SEIA's vice president of state affairs, said. "He was delivering a counteroffer shortly after our interview".

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