The Senate Finance Committee approved a Photo ID requirement for all voters and sent it to the Senate Rules Committee.
The committee approved the measure by a 9-6 party line vote, with Republicans supporting it and DFLers opposing it.
It is among the more controversial at the Capitol this year,and would put the question on the November ballot; if voters approve of it, the state constitution would be amended to require all voters to show a photo ID at the polling places.
The committee discussion focused on what will happen to absentee voters, mail-in voters and other groups of voters whose ID could not be shown in person. The sponsor, Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, replied to every question by saying the 2013 Legislature would have to make those decisions.
Senate Republicans and their staff will be locked out of a Capitol parking ramp starting Saturday, the latest flash point between the GOP caucus and Senate Democrats who have traded jabs over the new Minnesota Senate Building.