Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes a bill to raise fees at license offices, contractors worry about profits

ST. LOUIS (AP) - 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.

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