REAL ID driver's license bill sent to the governor's desk
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have decided the state's drivers should get to choose whether they want a driver's license that complies with the federal REAL ID security law.
With a 28-9 vote Monday, the Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill that lets a driver decide between a license that meets the federal act requirements or one that does not.
The measure goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who intends to sign it into law.
Propelling the debate was worry that Louisiana residents without a REAL ID-compliant license could need a passport or other federally approved identification to board domestic flights or enter federal buildings within a few years.
Privacy concerns have been repeatedly raised by conservative groups, however, about the data collection required to comply.