Lawmakers Weighing Boost To Louisiana Driver's License Fees By $1

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Lawmakers are considering whether to raise driver's license fees by $1 and deposit the estimated $2.4 million raised over five years into a veterans assistance fund.

         The House overwhelmingly supported the measure by Pineville Rep. Chris Hazel, a Republican, in an 81-14 vote. But the idea ran into concerns Thursday in the Senate transportation committee.

         Senators said while they want to support veterans, they objected to charging drivers a fee that doesn't pay for a service tied to that fee. They called that a way to get around taxes and said they didn't think boosting costs on drivers was the best way to raise money for veterans.

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         But rather than jettison the bill, senators recommended that it be diverted to the Senate Finance Committee.


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