With less than 24 hours left in the legislative session, the Missouri House voted Thursday night to send the governor a measure bringing the state into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act in a last-ditch effort to avoid forcing residents to get passports to fly and visit military bases.
Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, touted his proposal as a compromise to privacy-conscious legislators, emphasizing that Missourians would be able to choose whether or not they want a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license.
Lawmakers in states such as Missouri have long objected to provisions requiring states to keep and share databases of personal documents they worried could be hacked or misused.
If Gov. Eric Greitens signs the measure, he would end years of acrimony over the law Congress passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with the intention of better securing the process for getting state-issued IDs.