Women whose religion requires them to wear a veil would
have to take the covering off for their driver’s license photo under a bill
proposed by a Missouri state representative recently. Sen. Harold Caskey, D-Butler, introduced the
bill for the upcoming session that will start in January.
The bill, SB874, does not specify
Muslim or any other type of veil – it does contain a blanket prohibition
against “wearing anything which
cloaks the facial features of the individual”when taking a driver’s license
It also removes an
exemption that would have allowed members of certain religious groups from
avoiding having a photo taken altogether because their religion prohibits
Caskey told The Associated Press he introduced the bill in response to a
request from state homeland security officials and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
SB874 was filed Dec.
1. If passed, it would become effective Aug. 28, 2004.