Missouri Senate approves change to license office bidding

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri Revenue Department would be blocked from considering how much a business would pay back to the state for running license offices under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature.

The Missouri Senate on Thursday gave unanimous approval to measure that supporters say would stop a pay-to-play plans that have deprived nonprofits of an important funding source.

The revenue department has awarded contracts to run offices that issue vehicle and driver’s licenses in part based on how much of the profit bidders promise to pay back to the state.

Democratic Sen. Gina Walsh, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, says the money should stay in communities and the bidding process should more heavily consider nonprofits.