Running it up the flagpole, see who salutes. That sort of thing.
Spencer’s bill would bar applicants from wearing masks or veils while posing for their driver’s license photos – something the state Department of Driver Services already requires. The measure appears to also make the Muslim burqa and veil subject to the state’s anti-masking law, a statute originally aimed at the KKK.
One of those not saluting is Senate President pro tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, the No. 2 leader of that chamber, its ranking member, and a major backer of “religious liberty” legislation in past sessions. Shafer is also a likely 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor.
I just finished a conversation with him. Shafer’s assessment of Spencer’s proposal:
Shafer is the first Republican leader in the Legislature to speak out publicly on the matter. Those waters feel pretty cold right now.
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