- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore may soon provide official government ID cards to its residents.

The Baltimore Sun reports (https://bsun.md/2fEmYbD) the City Council is moving forward with a bill that would require the city to issue a municipal identification card to people living there who request one.

Councilman Brandon Scott says the idea is to make it easier for homeless people, immigrants and others who don’t have a driver’s license to obtain services from the city.

Scott says it would also cut down on unnecessary arrests, and city businesses and cultural institutions could offer discounts to cardholders.

The ID cards are optional, but Scott says officials are going to encourage residents to get one.

The bill will receive a final vote Dec. 5. If passed, Scott anticipates the cards would be available next year.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com


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