Pawlenty vetoes transportation bill over Real ID provisionby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
Gov. Pawlenty vetoed three bills Friday afternoon.
St. Paul, Minn. — The governor vetoed a transportation policy bill that included a provision to opt out of a new federal driver's license system. Federal law requires states to adopt the so-called Real ID standards by the end of 2009. In his veto letter, Pawlenty said he shared privacy and cost concerns regarding Real ID but said the state should be careful not to unduly restrict its ability to at least begin preparations for implementing the system.
Pawlenty also vetoed a resolution urging Congress to end trade, financial and travel restrictions against Cuba. Pawlenty said the state would benefit from increased trade with the island country but the federal government, not state legislatures, should address foreign policy matters. The legislative librarian said it's extremely rare for a governor to veto a resolution.
Pawlenty also vetoed a bill that would allow political subdivisions to make grants to non-profits.