Florida bill would roll back license, vehicle fees

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Six months out from the start of the regular session, Florida lawmakers already are busy filing bills for consideration once lawmakers get back to work.

Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, is among the lawmakers to get an early start to the 2014 session. His first bill since winning a special election this summer would roll back driver’s license and vehicle registration fees to 2009 levels.

Registration fees were increased four years ago to help plug budget holes during the economic recession. HB61 would return some of the money to many taxpayers. Specifically, it would reduce registration fees by about $12 a vehicle per year.

Supporters say that because drivers were tapped to help bail the state out of a funding crunch it’s time to offer them a break. It’s estimated that trimming fees would save vehicle owners about $230 million.

Trimming license and vehicle fees was also mentioned as a possibility from Gov. Rick Scott. The governor is working on a $500 million plan to reduce taxes and fees from next year’s state budget.

Scott went around the state in the past week touting his administration’s “It’s Your Money” tax-cut tour. He said the economic turnaround has given the state the ability to give some of the projected surplus back.

Other issues filed for consideration during the session that begins March 14, 2014, include bills to put an end to the state’s use of automated enforcement cameras, make daylight saving time permanent, and reduce distracted driving.

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