Dayton signs Real ID bill, averting travel woes for 2018

Health care a sticking point as budget talks turn specific

Health care a sticking point as budget talks turn specific

The state can get an extension to continue using standard driver's licenses until October 2020. The compromise bill passed the House on a 120-11 vote late Wednesday afternoon, then passed the Senate on a 57-8 vote. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, balked at the idea but said he would hear out Gazelka.

The impasse is reminiscent of what happened in 2011, the last time Dayton and a Republican-controlled Legislature faced off to pass a two-year state budget.

Deep differences over taxes and spending and the sheer logistics of passing budget bills are threatening to send the legislative session into overtime. By counting the courts and cyber security funding priorities separately, Dayton wasn't actually meeting Republicans halfway, he said.

Minnesotans may have to shell out hundreds when it comes to buying a new ride.

In response, Republican lawmakers said they are going into a "cone of silence" on the status of negotiations.

While prospects for settling the budget remained cloudy, the Real ID agreement constituted actual progress on a long-unresolved issue. But in the end, a compromise brought almost every lawmaker and the governor on board. "Real Minnesotans who are elderly, who are disabled, who are down-and-out, and they're gonna take away services and dollars for them", says Dayton.

The January deadline is still in play.

That left about $1.5 billion in the surplus when lawmakers began to craft the state's two-year state budget.

Minnesota has adopted the federal Real ID standards for driver's licenses after years of debate. This would allow current Minnesota licenses and IDs to again be accepted at federal facilities and to be used for boarding commercial flights after January 2018.

Many Minnesotans may already have Real ID-compliant identifications.

Minnesota lawmakers have reached a deal to get the state in compliance with the federal REAL ID law. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove.

"We applaud Governor Dayton for vetoing this bill that would have removed critical consumer protection measures for Minnesota residents and eliminated the Made in Minnesota solar manufacturing program", Sean Gallagher, SEIA's vice president of state affairs, said.

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