The Minnesota Senate rejected a bill 29–38 that would bring the state into compliance with federal REAL ID laws.
The vote sends lawmakers scrambling for a way to ensure the state can change its driver’s licenses that suits the federal Real ID requirements and can win approval from a majority of legislators.
The Department Homeland Security says that as of next year, only driver’s licenses that are Real ID compliant will be accepted at federal facilities, like airport security. If Minnesota does not change its licenses, state residents would have to bring additionally identification, like a passport or a state-issued enhanced driver’s license, for federal purposes in 2018.
All thirty-three Democrats, plus five Republicans, voted against the bill.