Nov 2017 e-Newsletter

MO Applies for Another REAL ID Extension

In the waning hours of the 2017 session the legislature passed and Governor Greitens later signed into law HB 151 which would allow the Missouri Department of Revenue to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Under the state law, DOR is authorized to issue both compliant and non-compliant personal ID cards to residents – based on the resident’s preference. However, it is not yet clear when DOR will begin issuing the compliant IDs.

Missouri recently applied for another REAL ID compliance extension through March 2019 to the Department of Homeland Security. This request is currently under review.  The previous extension from Homeland Security expired October 10, 2017 for the acceptance of a current Missouri driver’s license or photo ID in lieu of the compliant federal ID.  DHS recently granted Missouri and other non-compliant states a grace period until January 22, 2018, meaning that Federal agencies (including TSA) will continue to accept driver’s license and identification cards issued by these states in accordance with each agency’s policies. Children under 18 are exempted from this requirement.

The Department of Revenue will continue to keep me and other members of the General Assembly updated on the extension request ant Ed any other changes to this program.


What Is the Federal REAL ID Law?

Phases 1-3 of the federal REAL ID Act began implementation in 2014 and required a federal identification card to enter the Department of Homeland Security headquarters, nuclear power plants, and restricted federal facilities. Phase 4­––with an implementation deadline of January 22, 2018––required that “passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight”, e.g., a passport. No extensions will be allowed as of October 1, 2020.


2017 Show-Me Project Echo Champion


I was recently recognized by the Missouri Telehealth Network as the “2017 Show-Me Project Echo Champion” for work inside the General Assembly to secure funding for the program. I am very honored to receive this recognition. I truly believe that Project Echo and the telehealth model is an extremely efficient and effective way to deliver more healthcare services in a cost-effective manner to all Missourians.  More information on how Project Echo is expanding access to specialty healthcare services throughout the state of Missouri can be found on the program’s website:

TED Talk provides an excellent overview by Project Echo founder, Dr. Sanjeev Arora, from the University of New Mexico:



Please join me for a fundraiser, silent auction, and sale of “Live Like Sherman” t-shirts

supporting a Columbia Public Schools Scholarship in honor of

Sherman Brown, Jr. 

Sunday, November 12th
12 – 3:00 pm
At Lindsey Rentals
708 W. Sexton Rd
Pork steak lunch — $10/plate ($5 for children)

Tickets available at Lindsey Rentals