Maine House upholds veto of car registration increase

10:18 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House has voted to uphold Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that could mean higher vehicle registration and license-renewal fees.

After a brief debate Tuesday, representatives voted 88-55 on whether to override the veto issued by the governor Friday. The tally is shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override.

The vetoed bill would have allowed towns and cities to increase driver licensing and vehicle registration service fees collected and retained by municipalities by $2. The increase would have been optional.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Alan Casavant of Biddeford, said the measure would have helped cash-strapped cities and towns cover the cost of that basic duty.

But opponents said the increase would impose a tax at a time Mainers can least afford it.

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