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Mo. Lawmakers Send Bill To Gov. Nixon That Bans DOR From Scanning Driver's License Documents

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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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St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.