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Legislators Send Governor Nixon Bill Banning Document Scans

Marshall Griffin
St. Louis Public Radio

A bill is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon 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, Governor Nixon ordered the agency to cease scanning documents of conceal carry weapons applicants, but scanning for other license applicants continues. 

The bill approved Wednesday was sponsored in the Senate by Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit.  He says he thinks the Nixon will 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,” says Kraus.  “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 Wednesday and the House earlier in the week. 

The House also removed a provision that would have transferred issuance of conceal carry endorsements from the Revenue department to county sheriffs.  Kraus says that issue will be handled in a separate bill.

Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.
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