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Jun 9, 2014 12:29 PM by AP

Tea party group wants Jindal to veto REAL ID bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A local tea party group is calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to veto a bill that allows Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with the security measures of the federal REAL ID law.

The Tea Party of Louisiana sent its letter to the Republican governor Monday, urging a veto of the proposal by Democrat Rep. Karen St. Germain. Tea party spokesman Bob Reid called the REAL ID law an unnecessary and costly intrusion into people's lives.

St. Germain's bill would allow people to get REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses if they want them, because of requirements that people have a REAL ID by 2016 to board domestic flights.

Jindal's state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, pushed the bill. But Jindal's office didn't say Monday whether the governor will sign it.

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