May 11, 2010 11:04 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A debate over whether to reverse a $15
increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license is hitting
the state Senate floor.
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.
Woodworth 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.
The Senate is scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday.
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.