BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Senate will begin debate on whether the state will comply with the federal Real ID Act, which would bring Louisiana into that number of states that have adopted the guidelines.
The proposal would give Louisiana residents the option to obtain a Real ID drivers license or identification card as opposed to traditional non-compliant cards.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the Real ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the federal government set standards for sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.
The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and bars federal agencies from accepting identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.
Other states are already in compliance, and two years ago, Louisiana legislators voted to comply with program as well. But then-governor Bobby Jindal vetoed the measure over privacy concerns.
Louisiana has been able to avoid having to comply with the standards because of an extension. Without that extension, a passport would be needed to fly on domestic flights.
With the issue is up for debate again, some airline passengers are siding with lawmakers who say it's time to get Louisiana on board.
The House has already passed its version. The senate will start debate today.