Law capping charges for Revenue Dept. records overturned

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | 11:35 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge tossed out a Missouri law capping what the Revenue Department can charge for driver's license and motor vehicle records.

Lawmakers added the price cap to property tax legislation this year after the Department of Revenue began charging $7 per record. Previously, it cost a fraction of a cent.

The legislation was challenged in court by BearingPoint, a Virginia company that got a state contract worth up to $50 million to replace the computer system for driver's license and motor vehicle records.

Judge Patricia Joyce ruled Monday that the fee limit violated Missouri's constitution. She said its addition to the property tax legislation changed the bill's purpose, wasn't mentioned in the bill's title and wasn't connected to the other provisions.


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