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Arizona drivers licenses aren’t compliant with new federal Real ID requirements to board airplanes and a change to a state law (passed a few years ago to assuage the fears of the black helicopter crowd) is necessary to correct that. Our conservative-led legislature, naturally, is a averse to this so the AZ Republic ed board was recently reduced to begging readers to contact Speaker of the House David Gowan to relent.

It shouldn’t have come to this. A Legislature that puts Arizonans first would have passed this bill weeks ago. Residents wouldn’t have to cross their fingers that an answer will be found.

So don’t leave it to chance. Call Speaker Gowan at 602-926-3312. Send him an e-mail at Tell him to put the people’s interests first and pass SB 1273.

A speaker who won’t raise taxes shouldn’t be forcing you to pay an extra $120 to get through airport security.

And this morning I learned, via 12 News anchor Brahm Resnik, that despite all the coverage it has gotten, Governor Ducey was not aware of this drivers license issue until this past Sunday. Ducey promised at a press conference that he would fix the problem. How he does this without the Legislature is beyond me but the Governor has already demonstrated how he takes a very expansive view of his executive authority so maybe he thinks he can just set up his own drivers license agency to circumvent state law and issue federally compliant licenses. Who knows, but what is obvious is how little he cares about the day-to-day concerns of Arizona residents who are not big donors to him. In other words, practically all of us. This is what happens when you elect a rich guy who basically thinks of this state as his vacation home to be Governor.