Reform Plan Unveiled for State's Driver's License Offices

JULY 11, 2006 - Posted at 2:35 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY, MO - Five state lawmakers are proposing an overhaul of the driver's license office system.

The plan by the House Republicans would mandate contracts for the offices be given to nonprofit organizations or local municipalities; that salaries for employees of such offices would be capped at $100,000-per-year; and that the state auditor would be given the authority to audit the offices.

The main proponent of the plan is freshman Representative Ryan Silvey of Kansas City.  He characterized the current system as broken and in need of major changes.

The Department of Revenue's Deputy Director, Lowell Pearson, says he agrees the system could be made better.  But he said it was working and should not be called broken.

The lawmakers proposing the plan are making stops in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield today to detail the plan.

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