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Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

The dome of the Missouri Capitol.
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The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

The measure was one of several the governor acted on today.  In April, he ended the practice of scanning so-called source documents for concealed-carry permits.  The bill the governor signed today also requires the Department of Revenue to destroy any source documents that it collected since September 1, 2012.

"While the Department has yet to provide adequate answers regarding why so many Missourians’ private information was put at risk in the first place, their decision to finally put an end to most scanning shows that the legislature’s hard work to protect Missourians’ privacy is having a significant impact,” Republican House Speaker Tim Jones said in a statement.

The Republican-controlled Legislature had launched hearings into the scanning practice, though a Cole County judge quashed several subpoenas for top Department of Revenue officials. It was not clear what impact today's bill signing would have on those hearings.

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Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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