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.
Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday calling on him to halt an election that began Monday in which independent childcare providers are deciding whether to form a union.
Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.