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Lawmakers roll out photo ID legislation

A Senate committee Monday engaged in the rare practice of allowing a state representative to testify.

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, talked to the committee about requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls. She is a former secretary of state.

The bill she and Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, promoted would require a special state-funded photo ID.

Sen. John Howe, R-Red Wing, introduced his own photo ID bill, which would allow existing cards such as driver's license, tribal ID or other state- and -tribal-issued ID.

"My bill embraces the concept that less is more," Howe said. "This is a low cost way of making sure we don't have disenfranchised voters."

The committee will further consider the issue later this week.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.