A proposal that would require Tennessee to give free photo identification cards to people 18 and older is advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson unanimously passed the Senate Transportation Committee 8-0 on Wednesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the same committee in the House.
Finney says the measure is needed to avoid any challenges to a proposal moving through the Legislature that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. He says not offering free identification could be "construed as an unnecessary burden" on a person's right to vote.
Finney says, "If we're going to make people have a photo ID, then we need to be in a position to offer it to them."