Rates for Driver's Licenses Increase
A House committee blocked an effort to reverse a recent increase in the cost of an Alabama driver's license. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 9 to 1 on Wednesday to reject a bill that would lower fees to the February rate of $23.50. On February 9 the fee for a four-year driver's license rose 54 percent to $36.25 and is expected to result in nearly $13 million in annual revenue for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Bill sponsor Senator Bill Holtzclaw says the fee increase should go through the Alabama Legislature. State Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier says the state was losing $19 for every driver's license made. Committee members say lowering the fee would further hurt the state's already ailing budget.