Is your personal info safe in the hands of the state?

The state Revenue Department seems to have offended some in the Legislature with of its new practice of scanning the personal documents of people seeking driver's licenses.

Revenue officials say they started entering digital copies of documents such as birth certificates into a state computer system to deter fraud. Officials say copies are kept by the department, and basic information is forwarded to a contractor making licenses.

The House on Tuesday added an amendment to next year's proposed budget that is designed to block funding for scanning and retaining personal documents. And a House committee is considering legislation that would bar the Department of Revenue from scanning or keeping copies of applicants' personal documents.

On Monday, the state Senate issued a subpoena compelling the agency to hand over documents about the new licensing procedures.