Republican negotiators have stripped a controversial measure on illegal immigrant drivers licenses from a REAL ID bill in hopes of getting Governor Mark Dayton’s approval, and the Minnesota House will likely vote on the measure today. “I do think the governor is going to sign this bill,” says House sponsor Dennis Smith from Maple Grove. But the controversial measure prohibiting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants is now in another bill — which could trigger a fight with Governor Dayton during budget negotiations. The governor says, “That language is totally unnecessary. It’s just a pandering to the extreme right-wing base of their political party.” Dayton says current law doesn’t give him or the state Public Safety Department the authority to allow drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. Republicans say if that’s the case, Dayton should have no problem if the ban is in the bill.