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Senate Gives First Round Approval to Voter Govt. Id Bill

April 20, 2006
By: Jade Mingus
State Capital Bureau

After hours of debate Senate Democrats ended thier filibuster against a bill to require a government issued photo ID to vote.

After hours of debate the senate approved a bill that requires Missouri voters as early as this fall to show a government issued photo id.

Senate Minority Floor Leader Maida Coleman from St. Louis City led the Democrats decision to end their filibuster.

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Contents: It's my responsibility to try and work through dilemas. I'm willing to sit at a table with anyone who's willing to sit at the table with me to work through these issues.

Under the legislation n this fall's November elections provisional ballots can still be cast with other forms of identification.

But by the November 2008 election, everyone besides the disabled, senior citizens, and those with religious objectives have to show a government issued photo id.

From the state capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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After filibustering several hours, Senate Democrats decided to end their protest against a bill to require Missouri voters to present government issued photo identification.

The Missouri Senate approved legislation Thursday night that would require Missouri voters to show a government issued photo id starting with November's elections.

Democrats objected to the bill and drug out debate...but St. Louis City Minority Floor Leader Maida Coleman led the way to a compromise.

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Contents: It is imperative to me that when we deal with actions this important that we don't succumb to outside influences for whatever the reasons are.

Senators gave first round approval to the bill with a 23 to 10 vote.

The legislation needs another vote before it moves to the House.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.