House committee OKs use of student IDs for voting

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LSU student government representative Jacques Petit (left) and Rep. Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace, speak before the House Education Committee Tuesday regarding a bill to allow university students to use student ID cards as identification for voting. Photo by Jack Richards. 

By Jack Richards

BATON ROUGE — The House Education Committee Tuesday approved a bill to allow university students across the state to use student ID cards as identification for voting, perhaps as early this fall, although the bill doesn’t require it until 2019.

House Bill 940 by Rep. Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace, requires the ID cards to have a picture and a signature, making them valid under the state’s voter identification laws.

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