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State/Region

October 30, 2013

Oklahoma House speaker examines use of fees

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Speaker T.W. Shannon has conducted a legislative hearing on the use of various fees agencies use to pay for state services, and is urging the Legislature to use caution when raising fees.

The Lawton Republican hosted the study Tuesday before the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

According to a presentation by House staff, state licenses, permits and fees generated nearly $600 million of the $17 billion in total state revenue received by the state in 2012. Shannon said legislators need to ensure fees aren’t being raised to “increase the wealth of state agencies.”

Shannon’s study comes just days before a new law scheduled to take effect on Friday that increases the cost of a driver’s license by $12. Shannon voted for the bill.

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