Utah vehicle registration fees could go up $2

Utah vehicle registration fees could go up $2

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state lawmaker is proposing a bill to raise vehicle registration fees by $2 to fund Utah Highway Patrol troopers.

The price increase would generate $5 million to help avoid laying off 41 troopers and 15 dispatchers and getting rid of two helicopters. Those proposals are contained in the upcoming fiscal year budget.

House Bill 140, sponsored by Rep. Craig Frank, R-Pleasant Grove, was approved Wednesday by a House Committee.

The highway patrol lost about 20 spots in the current year's budget.

Frank says pulling more officers off the roads could mean fewer DUI stops.

The bill now goes to the full House.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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