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ST. PAUL — Speaking to a group of Muslim Minnesotans gathered Tuesday for their fifth annual lobbying day at the Capitol, Rep. Steve Gottwalt sought to defuse the tension that has built around his driver’s license bill.
“The great thing about this process is that the heart of American democracy is about dialogue and compromise and working together with people to meet needs,” he told the group.
Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, told members of the Islamic Center of Minnesota, the Muslim-American Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations that he had changed HF 989.
It no longer prohibited people from covering their heads in photographs for Minnesota driver’s licenses or ID cards, if they’re wearing it for religious purposes. (MORE)