Bill would reverse license price hike

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Posted: May 11, 2010 5:27 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: driver's license, fee, hike, Louisiana, Senate, session, legislature

The Senate will debate the $15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license today.

Lawmakers were caught unaware when the Department of Public Safety ordered the increase- and several lawmakers say they should have to approve any price hike.

A new or renewed basic license now costs $36.50 for four years, up from $21.50.

Sen. Joe McPherson, a Democrat, is proposing to strip the authority the department used to raise the price and to refund the money to anyone who's paid the increase since March 8.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration opposes the bill.

Its passage would create a $14 million hole in the governor's budget proposal for next year.

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