Missouri House panel to take up driver's license bills

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 7:45 a.m. CDT; updated 10:06 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 15, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House panel is preparing to consider two proposals in response to the state's new driver's licensing procedures.

The House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee scheduled a hearing Monday on legislation giving the legislature authority to remove state agency directors.

Also before the committee is a bill requiring the Revenue Department to protect local licensing offices from any liability stemming from lawsuits if they were following department guidelines.

House Speaker Tim Jones has put the committee in charge of investigating the new driver's license procedures, in which applicants' personal documents are scanned into a computer database.

Republican lawmakers are concerned the Revenue Department could share copies with the federal government.

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