New Missouri measure will change license office bid practice

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A new Missouri policy will stop a Department of Revenue practice of awarding certain contracts partially based on how much money is promised to come back to the state.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced he will let the measure take effect without his signature. Bills Nixon doesn’t sign or veto automatically take effect.

Businesses and nonprofits run offices that issue vehicle and driver’s licenses and collect a fee for each transaction. At issue is an agency policy to award such contracts in part based on how much of profits bidders pledge to give back to the state.

Lawmakers have criticized the policy as disadvantaging nonpofits that typically return profits to their community.

The competitive bidding process was put in place in 2009 to eliminate political patronage.