Wis. lawmakers want to keep DMV centers open

June 3, 2009 12:35:16 PM PDT
Some Wisconsin drivers may not have to travel far to renew their licenses after all.

Gov. Jim Doyle included a provision in his 2009-2011 budget proposal to close 40 Division of Motor Vehicle service centers across the state to save about $850,000. Most of the centers are open twice a week or less.

But the Joint Finance Committee removed the provision during an all-night session last week.

John Anderson is a spokesman for Sen. Mark Miller, a Monona Democrat who co-chairs the committee. He says lawmakers were concerned about making people travel farther to other DMV centers to deal with license issues.

The full Legislature still must approve the budget before Doyle can sign it into law.