Possible action to block driver's license fee hike

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Posted: Mar 16, 2010 5:24 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Mar 16, 2010 11:26 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: driver's license, fee, increase, Edmonson, database, lawmakers

State lawmakers are looking at ways to challenge a new driver's license fee increase. Sen. Joe McPherson, (D) Woodworth, is asking the state attorney to determine if the increase is legal. There will also be legislation possibly blocking the $15 increase considered this session.

State Police say a new driver's license database was installed two years ago. Until this month, the state covered increased costs for installing and maintaining the system.

Superintendent Mike Edmonson says state budget problems are making it necessary to pass the cost to the public.

Troopers say the new database helps prove the integrity of a driver's license. They say it's harder for someone to obtain a license under a fake name. It also can provide quicker information about a suspect.

Edmonson says about a dozen sexual predators have been captured thanks to information in the database.

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