Sen. Hoffman Votes for Real ID bill
ST. PAUL, Minn – State Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) voted on Wednesday for REAL ID language that would allow Minnesotans to board flights and visit their loved ones on military bases without unrelated and controversial immigration issues. After years of trying, the Minnesota Legislature finally reached a compromise that leaves the issue of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants out of the REAL ID debate. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 57 to 8.
“After years of wrangling over the language for a REAL ID bill, I am glad we finally came together to pass a clean REAL ID bill. It is too bad that the House majority took so long to compromise and remove the controversial language, which had nothing to do with implementing REAL ID, and caused the public so much anxiety over being able to board airplanes. Like many of my constituents, I am happy this bill passed and I am proud to support it.” said Sen. Hoffman.
- Last year the Legislature passed language to allow the MN Department of Public Safety (DPS) to plan for complying with the REAL ID standards.
- This year the legislature is granting DPS the authority to come into compliance with federally mandated REAL ID standards.
- The Senate passed a similar implementation bill last session, but the bill ultimately failed to become law.
- The main sticking point during the 2016 conference committee was the same one that had divided the House and Senate Republican caucus this year: the inclusion of proof of citizenship standard for the in-state driving only license. This language is not included in the final bill.
Senator Hoffman is available to discuss this bill and can be reached at (651) 296-4154.