Helena, MT -

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines says he is introducing legislation to strike a portion of a 2005 anti-terrorism law that sets national standards for driver's licenses and identification cards.

The Montana Republican said Thursday his bill will ensure Montana and other states aren't penalized for failing to comply with the REAL ID Act.

Montana lawmakers passed a bill in 2007 banning compliance with REAL ID, citing its cost and saying it threatens personal privacy.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock last month reasserted his opposition, telling U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials Montana already had increased the security of its licenses.

Bullock was responding to the Homeland Security's December announcement that it would begin restricting residents from states whose licenses don't meet the standards from entering certain federal facilities starting this spring.