The Minnesota House and Senate must now find common ground on controversial REAL ID legislation after the Senate passed its version of the bill late last week. But the biggest difference is with Governor Mark Dayton, who wants the state Public Safety Department to keep the option of issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants — even though agency rules currently do not allow it. House Speaker, Republican Kurt Daudt says, “I believe that they [state Public Safety Department] intend to change that through rulemaking. I don’t believe it should be done that way. I think that gives away our power as the legislature to weight in on that, and we’re gonna protect that.”
Governor Dayton has said he’d prefer there be an option for undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses in Minnesota, but has *not* said whether it’s a make-or-break issue in the bill.