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Monday, June 23, 2008

Missouri Judge Takes Dim View of Charges

According to an AP story:

A judge says he's inclined to rule that fees for getting driver's license records must follow Missouri's Sunshine Law.

Companies that buy driver's license and motor vehicle records in bulk sued to challenge a Revenue Department fee increase, alleging it violates the Sunshine Law. The department had charged a fraction of cent for bulk records but increased that to $7 starting May 1 to pay for a new computer system.

Cole County Judge Richard Callahan has already temporarily blocked the fee increase, citing the Sunshine Law's limit on how much the state can charge for copies of records.

Callahan held a hearing Friday on a permanent injunction. He said the Sunshine law seems to apply to the Revenue Department records, but he did not issue an immediate ruling.

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