Mo. lawmakers send bill to Gov. Nixon that bans DOR from scanning driver's license documents

May 16, 2013

Legislation is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would forbid the Missouri Department of Revenue from scanning and storing source documents of driver's license and non-driver's license applicants.

Last month, the Governor ordered the agency to cease scanning documents of conceal carry weapons applicants, but scanning for other license applicants continues.  Senate Bill 252 approved today was sponsored by Republican Will Kraus of Lee's Summit.  He says he thinks the Governor will actually sign the bill.

"I think that he understands that people value their privacy, and they don't want their birth certificate and other source documents in databases up at the Department of Revenue," Kraus said.  "Other than that, the bill just said the Department of Revenue couldn't keep these documents, and in fact, they have to go back and purge their database of the documents that they've kept."

The bill passed the Senate today and the House earlier in the week.  The House also removed a provision that would have transferred issuance of the plastic conceal carry endorsement cards from the Revenue department to county sheriffs.  Kraus says that issue will be handled in a separate bill.

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