At Issue: REAL ID in Jeopardy at State Capitol; Lawmakers Debate Protest Legislation

March 12, 2017 01:49 PM

REAL ID Efforts in Serious Jeopardy at State Capitol

The effort to bring Minnesota into compliance with the federal REAL ID law is now in serious jeopardy. Democrats and several Republicans united to block a REAL ID bill in the Senate on Monday. Their concerns ranged from a proposed ban on undocumented immigrants obtaining a license to privacy and federal overreach. If nothing is done Minnesotans won't be able to board a commercial flight or enter a military base using only a state-issued ID starting in January. 

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Senate leaders are now working to regroup and find a REAL ID bill that will pass. The House has already passed a REAL ID bill. 

Two Lawmakers Debate Protest Penalty Legislation

One of the issues that has generated a lot of debate at the State Capitol is whether protesters who block interstates, airports and public transportation should face stiffer punishments. Bills that have passed both House and Senate committees would increase the penalties from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor, with longer jail time and more expensive fines. 

Two lawmakers, Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) and Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) joined Tom Hauser in the studio to debate the legislation. 


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