- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is urging the Legislature and GOP Gov. Paul LePage to make state-issued driver’s licenses adhere to federal ID requirements.

Poliquin, a Republican, stated Friday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicated it could give Maine more time to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. He said the department would only do so if Maine promises to repeal its 2007 law barring compliance with the act.

A Democratic state legislator who originally supported Maine’s law is now behind legislation to have the state comply with federal requirements, which include facial recognition technology. Commercial airports won’t accept non-compliant driver’s licenses next year.

Poliquin said his office has heard from Maine businesses suffering because employees cannot access federal job sites and first responders can’t attend trainings at federal facilities.

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