- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Senate is supporting a bill to make the state comply with a federal ID law.

The Senate’s 31-4 vote on Thursday means the bill now heads to the House.

Democratic Sen. Bill Diamond’s bill would make Maine comply with a federal program that in part requires state governments to keep copies of documents like Social Security cards and birth certificates.

Opponents like Democratic Sen. Shenna Bellows are asking Republican President Donald Trump to relax such requirements, which critics call a one-stop shop for identity theft.

The law was passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Maine has resisted compliance because of cost and privacy concerns.

The state’s resistance and a denied federal waiver mean that next year, a Maine driver’s license isn’t enough to board a commercial flight.

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