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      Nixon vetoes bill raising motorists fees

      Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would increase the fees for obtaining driver's licenses and registering vehicles.

      Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would increase the fees for obtaining driver's licenses and registering vehicles.

      The Democratic governor announced the veto during a news conference in St. Louis.

      Senate Bill 51 would raise the cost of registering a motor vehicle by $1.50 a year and increase the fee for obtaining a typical driver's license by $5. The fee increases were projected to raise almost $22 million annually.

      Legislative supporters have said the bill was needed because fees for licenses have remained unchanged for a decade and some license office contractors are struggling to turn a profit.