REAL ID bill advances to La. Senate floor

REAL ID bill advances to La. Senate floor

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill to bring REAL ID to Louisiana overcame a first hurdle at the State Capitol Tuesday.

The Senate Transportation Committee approved the bill that brings Louisiana licenses into compliance with federal standards implemented in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Senate Bill 227, which is authored by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, was met with opposition over security and data-sharing concerns Tuesday same as in the past.

The OMV must scan a person's birth certificate and other documents in order to issue a REAL ID.

Without the specialized license, travelers would need a passport to board a domestic flight in just a matter of years. 
"By 2018, if we don't have that federal extension, you cannot fly or go into any of those federal facilities, even a federal courthouse, you cannot go anywhere in the federal government without that REAL ID," Dorsey said.

A similar measure passed through the House and the Senate in 2014, but was vetoed by then-Governor Bobby Jindal amid security concerns.

Governor John Bel Edwards supports the current bill, which is headed to the Senate floor.

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