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      Analysis: Concerns remain on Mo. vehicle sales tax

      Missouri lawmakers are hoping for success on their third attempt to reinstate local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

      Missouri lawmakers are hoping for success on their third attempt to reinstate local taxes on vehicles bought from out-of-state dealers or through person-to-person sales.

      Two weeks remain for legislators to send Gov. Jay Nixon a revision of a bill he twice has vetoed. Yet even if lawmakers get Nixon's approval, constitutional questions may remain.

      At issue is a 2012 Missouri Supreme Court ruling that cities and counties cannot tax vehicles bought anywhere other than from a Missouri retailer, unless local voters approve a use tax.

      The latest legislation would redefine vehicle taxes, re-impose them immediately and let local voters opt out within two years.

      Some attorneys say the measure could face a challenge on claims it violates a constitutional ban on the state imposing taxes for local purposes.