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Conservative lawmakers have frequently tried and failed to get legislation through the Democrat-controlled Assembly to bring Maryland into compliance with Real ID requirements.

And there is no guarantee the new rules will take effect in Maryland because a new president will be elected in November and he or she could repeal the Real ID act.

“A new administration in Washington would bring some sanity to this process,” said Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, a Montgomery Democrat and Real ID opponent.

Liberal lawmakers and advocates for illegal aliens want all drivers — including the estimated 250,000 illegal aliens living in Maryland — to be properly regulated.

“I’d rather know the person in front of me on the Beltway knows what they’re doing,” said Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., Montgomery Democrat.