President Pro Tempore-Elect
Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2017
The full Senate gave its approval to House Bill 1845, the REAL ID
Act, on Tuesday.
The measure, co-authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz
Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall, now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin
for her signature.
Oklahoma Senate passes REAL ID bill;
measure heads to governor for signature
Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to bring Oklahoma
into compliance with the federal REAL ID law. The measure, House
Bill 1845, is co-authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike
Schulz and Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall.
“The Oklahoma Senate approved a measure that solves a problem
the vast majority of Oklahomans wanted us to tackle. This bill brings
us into compliance with the federal REAL ID law but also offers
an opt-out for those who don’t want a REAL ID license,”
said Schulz, R-Altus. “Solving this issue has always been
primarily about national security. This measure ensures the countless
Oklahomans who work on military bases maintain access to those facilities
so they can continue their important work supporting the men and
women in our Armed Forces.
“This bill also means Oklahomans will continue to enjoy the
convenience of using an Oklahoma driver license to board a commercial
flight. I want to thank my Senate colleagues for supporting this
legislation and working quickly to get it passed this session. I
also appreciate Governor Mary Fallin and House Speaker Charles McCall
for their leadership in moving this issue forward,” Schulz
The legislation ensures Oklahomans who choose to get the REAL ID
compliant driver license or ID will be able to use that identification
to fly or to enter federal facilities while also giving citizens
the option of choosing a non-compliant driver license or ID. HB
1845 now goes to Gov. Fallin for her signature.
“The passage of this legislation
is a great example of how the Legislature can get things done when
lawmakers come together and work toward a common goal. I’m
optimistic we can carry this momentum forward and continue to cooperate
on ideas and policies that will help us build a more prosperous
Oklahoma,” Schulz said.
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