Baumgardner-led bill would lower late vehicle registration fees

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— Coloradans who register their vehicles late would face a $20 fine instead of a penalty of as much as $100 under a bill that received initial approval in the House on Wednesday after a spirited debate.

House Republicans supported the measure, saying the $100 penalty hurts Coloradans struggling to pay for higher food and energy costs. Democrats fought the bill, saying if the late fee were reduced, the state estimates it would have $12 million less in the first year for bridge and road repairs.

House Bill 12-1014 is sponsored by Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and is the latest effort to tinker with the late fee, which in 2009 was set at $25 per month with a cap of $100. Previously, Coloradans paid either nothing or $10 for registering late, depending on if their county imposed a late fee, and there was an uproar when it went into effect.

“We have challenges with our roads, but don’t put it on the backs of those most in need,” said Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock.

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