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Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

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Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

The measure was one of several the governor acted on today.  In April, he ended the practice of scanning so-called source documents for concealed-carry permits.  The bill the governor signed today also requires the Department of Revenue to destroy any source documents that it collected since September 1, 2012.

"While the Department has yet to provide adequate answers regarding why so many Missourians’ private information was put at risk in the first place, their decision to finally put an end to most scanning shows that the legislature’s hard work to protect Missourians’ privacy is having a significant impact,” Republican House Speaker Tim Jones said in a statement.

The Republican-controlled Legislature had launched hearings into the scanning practice, though a Cole County judge quashed several subpoenas for top Department of Revenue officials. It was not clear what impact today's bill signing would have on those hearings.

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Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.
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