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Senate Passes Anti-Scanning Bill

Missouri Senators aren’t going to just take Governor Nixon’s word for it. They’ve approved legislation barring the state Revenue Department from scanning personal documents shown by people applying for driver’s licenses.

The department started scanning and retaining documents, such as birth certificates and concealed weapons endorsements, as part of the new licensing procedures in December.

Tuesday’s vote came just a few hours after Nixon announced the department would stop scanning the concealed weapons permits. Republican lawmakers have raised concerns that the documents held in a state computer system are an invasion of privacy.

The measure would also require county sheriffs to issue concealed weapons licenses, instead of the Revenue Department.  A Democratic Senator called the bill “pathetic” and criticized Republicans for spending time on the license controversy. Now the measure heads to the House.

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