House passes photo ID requirement; Democrats say it would take away the right to vote
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House passes photo ID requirement; Democrats say it would take away the right to vote

Date: February 19, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri lawmakers have tried to pass a photo ID requirement for nearly 10 years and Thursday, the House took another shot at it
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Wrap: The House passed two companion measures that would make Missouri the 32nd state in the nation to have an active law on the books that requires a voter to show some form of identification.

The House first passed a joint resolution which would be submitted to the voters for approval if it gets through the legislature.

Representative Lyle Rowland from southern Missouri said the people deciding is the best course of action.

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Description: "We need to give this to the people and let them make a decision on this issue."

Democrats attacked the measure as restrictive and said it would actually take away the rights of some people to vote.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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The House passed a photo ID measure Thursday and the Speaker of the House took a shot at a statewide official who hours earlier announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate
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Wrap: Early Thursday morning, Secretary of State Jason Kander announced his run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt.

While debating a photo ID bill on the House floor, Speaker of the House John Diehl took a swipe at Kander's avoidance of a certain elections issue.

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Description: "Why is this bill necessary? It's because the Secretary of State turns a blind eye to voter fraud in this state. I'll say it again: the Secretary of State turns a blind eye to voter fraud."

Kander's office had no immediate comment on the issue.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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