Senate committee kills Baumgardner-backed bill to kill late fees

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— A bill co-sponsored by state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, that would have reduced the late fee on vehicle registrations from $100 to $20 was killed by a Senate committee Thursday.

The outcome in the Democratic-controlled committee came as no surprise to Sen. Tim Neville, but the Littleton Republican still was disappointed.

“The heck with the little guy,” he said. “The government needs its money.”

But opponents of House Bill 12-1014 argued that cutting the late fee would cost the state, cities and counties $12 million each year, money that goes to an already meager fund for repairing and maintaining roads and bridges.

The Senate Transportation Committee killed the bill on a 4-2 party-line vote.

Read the full story at The Denver Post's website.

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