Fight between two REAL ID bills continues

The clock is ticking on passing a REAL ID law that would allow Minnesotans to use their driver's licenses to board planes come January.

Minnesota is one of four states that do not comply with the security rules to issue those licenses. The Department of Homeland Security will require REAL ID driver’s licenses to board planes starting January 22, 2018.

On Tuesday, state lawmakers started hammering out the differences in the two bills that have already passed the House and Senate.

The major road block is legislation regarding driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.  

The House bill requires U.S. citizenship for all driver’s licenses.

The Senate bill requires citizenship for only REAL ID compliant licenses.

House Republicans want current state administrative rules barring driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants to become state law.

Before the Easter break, Governor Dayton said there no reason for a state law because he or any governor cannot change the administrative rules.

"We do not have the authority,” said Dayton on April 7. “I don't claim to have the authority to initiate changes in who's eligible for driver’s licenses on my own.  And neither does the Commissioner of Public Safety. So, it's not necessary for the legislature to do anything to preserve what Speaker Daudt says he wants."

On Tuesday, Speaker Kurt Daudt was ready to call his bluff.

"If they're not honest about what they're saying, then we're going to have a problem,” said Daudt. “But if the governor is honest about what he's saying, we can just take his words, literally his words and put them into the bill and say they can't change them through rules, through rule making and we can send it out." 

Daudt wanted to meet this afternoon with members of the Senate about the bill. He believes it's possible with the changes he's talking about to pass the bill by the end of the week.