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Senate panel approves bill to create national ID

3 years 4 months 1 week ago May 15, 2013 May 15, 2013 Wednesday, May 15 2013 May 15, 2013 5:39 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The Senate Transportation Committee has backed a proposal to use Louisiana driver's licenses to comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights.

Senators added that language into a bill by Rep. Johnny Guinn, seeking to reverse a state stance since 2008 rejecting the added security requirement.

The proposal would allow for a driver's license to be stamped with a gold star if a person has produced documents, like a birth certificate, confirming who they are.

Officials say if the state doesn't comply with the federal Real ID Act passed in 2005, residents will have to have a passport to fly starting in October.

The bill moves to the full Senate.

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