Missouri residents could be unable to get driver's licenses if a budget plan passed by the Missouri Senate actually were to become law.
Senators passed a budget bill Monday that eliminates the entire $3.5 million allotment for the Motor Vehicle and Driver's License Division. The intent is to register senators' disapproval of licensing procedures that include making electronic copies of applicants' personal documents.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer acknowledges the funding cut would halt the issuance of driver's licenses. But Schaefer said he hopes the proposed cut prompts licensing officials to be more responsive to lawmakers. The Republican from Columbia says he expects the licensing bureau will receive some money when House and Senate members meet to negotiate a final version of the budget in coming weeks.