Kan. lawmaker disappointed with DL policy shift

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee says he’s disappointed that the Department of Revenue no longer plans to require people to provide proof of legal U.S. residence to renew their driver’s licenses.

Olathe Republican Scott Schwab said Monday legislators assumed the driver’s license requirement was coming when they enacted a law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering. The law took effect this year.

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the shift in plans is a response to signals from federal officials about what states must do to make driver’s licenses secure.

But Schwab said legislators thought the proof-of-citizenship rule for new voters would be less onerous if people were already providing the same documents to renew driver’s licenses.

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