Lawmakers agree to allow REAL ID driver's licenses
BATON ROUGE - Worries that Louisiana residents could one day need a passport to board domestic airline flights persuaded lawmakers to repeal a six-year-old law.
The state law kept Louisiana from issuing driver's licenses that comply with security mandates required under the federal REAL ID law.
With an 85-2 vote Thursday, the House gave final passage to a bill that allows people to get a REAL ID-compliant driver's license if they want one.
The measure heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal. His state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, pushed the bill.
In 2016, people will need a REAL ID-compliant license to board all domestic flights. Without one, they will be required to produce a passport or could be subject to intense questioning from airport security.
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