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Dayton vetoes bill for teacher licensing overhaul

19 May 2017, 08:18 | Winifred Adams

Dayton vetoes bill for teacher licensing overhaul

Dayton vetoes bill for teacher licensing overhaul

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill the Minnesota Legislature overwhelmingly approved on Thursday morning, May 18.

Its passage allows the state to get an extension to continue using standard driver's licenses to board planes until October 2020.

Immigration Activists like Ma Elena Gutierrez have been fighting for Real ID's for almost 5-years. With less than five days in session remaining, House Speaker Kurt Daudt said it was up to Dayton to make the next offer, suggesting that the GOP-controlled House and Senate would soon reach a breaking point at which it would break away and start assembling a budget with hopes the Democratic governor would sign it.

The bill will upgrade licenses to meet new federal standards.

"That is very burdensome to many families who want to see a loved one at a military base and are traveling for work to go to a federal building", Rep. Smith said. Republicans argued that the state should strengthen a rule that now prohibits licenses for people in the country illegally, while DFLers including Dayton said that shouldn't be part of the Real ID debate. The non-compliant license will not require the extra checks needed for a Real ID license and it can not be used for federal purposes.

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But even before the debate over immigrant identification, Minnesota lawmakers had a problem with the Real ID Act. Dayton recently vetoed that bill, but it could come back up as legislators debate the final details of the budget by their May 22 deadline.

A handful of lawmakers remained holdouts, bothered by the specter of federal intrusion: "It is subjecting our state to the federal government", said Sen.

"I feel like, okay we did a good job, because we made many phone calls".

Because bonding bills leverage state debt to pay for projects, they require a three-fifths "supermajority" to pass, and the bill offered up Tuesday fell a few votes short in the House.

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