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Registration fee hike headed to House

A compromise registration fee proposal, outlined by Jason Kreizenbeck, Gov. Otter's chief of staff, would raise $18 million from increased fees in fiscal year 2010, $39 million in 2011, and $43.7 million in 2012. The measure also includes a 5 percent hike in truck registration fees, as the governor proposed earlier, and a task force to study how to revise truck registration fees in the future. Together with the gas tax bill, the two measures would raise a total of about $105 million more a year for road work by the end of the third year. House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, moved to introduce the bill and send it to the full House without recommendation. Rep. Raul Labrador said, "We have not compromised yet. ... This is a revised plan from the governor's office, and I think it deserves a full hearing on the full floor. I think we need to vote it up or down." Rep. Marv Hagedorn said, "Because we're not going to have full hearings on these bills in committee, I think it's imperative that Idaho citizens contact their legislators" and say how they feel about the proposals. The motion again passed on a voice vote with just one audible dissent.

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