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Nixon Warns of Higher Driver's License Fees if Veto is Overridden

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Jay Nixon made a stop at the Highway Patrol's Troop D headquarters in Springfield Tuesday to talk about Senate Bill 51, which he says would raise license fees by $22 million every year.
If you're going to ask the taxpayers to pay for something they ought to get something for it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri governor explains his reasons for vetoing a bill that would double fees for Missouri drivers.

Jay Nixon made a stop at the Highway Patrol's Troop D headquarters in Springfield Tuesday to talk about Senate Bill 51, which he says would raise license fees by $22 million every year.

He says the bill would double the fees charged for each driver's license, non-driver's license, learner's permit, chauffer's license and operator's license issued or renewed.

He also says the bill would increase the fee to register or renew registration on a vehicle or trailer by 43 percent. Fees for each application or transfer of a title would also double, according to the governor.

"It's not about being urban or rural," he said. "We have the availability to these license facilities across the state to continue the operations. If you're going to ask the taxpayers to pay for something they ought to get something for it."

Supporters of the bill believe the current fee structure will threaten rural license offices.

The Missouri General Assembly will meet for a veto session on Sept. 11 and will decide whether to override the Governor's veto.

Speaker Tim Jones admits he doesn’t know anything for sure except that the legislature could make history by overriding a record number of vetoes in the modern era. Nixon has vetoed more than two dozen bills.

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