January 26, 2012

(Denver) – Rep. Dave Young’s bill to waive the $15 fee Colorado’s military veterans must pay to have their status imprinted on their driver’s licenses or state ID cards was approved today.

The House’s State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to send the measure to the Appropriations Committee.

The bill takes away the fee for veterans exercising the option, under a 2010 law, to have their military service noted on their driver’s licenses as a convenience for claiming the discounted tickets, free bus fares and other considerations offered to veterans.

“I’m grateful to the committee for advancing the bill,” said Rep. Young (D-Greeley). “It turned out to be a surprisingly difficult vote for some of the members.”

In December, the bipartisan Transportation Legislation Review Committee unanimously recommended Rep. Young’s bill for legislative approval. But today, several Republicans on the State, Veterans & Military Affairs panel argued that the estimated $83,000 cost of the measure was more than the state could afford as a way to say thank you to Colorado’s veterans.

Reps. Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs), Don Coram (R-Montrose) and Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs) voted against the measure.

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