May 12, 2010 11:59 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Against the wishes of Governor Bobby
Jindal's administration, the state Senate has voted to reverse a
$15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license.
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 Senator 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 8th.
The Senate backed the proposal in a 21-to-seven vote. It heads
next to the House for debate.
The bill would create a $14 million hole in the governor's
budget proposal for next year.