The Department of Administration’s proposal to shutter six Department of Motor Vehicles offices has already been rejected by a House budget panel, and now legislators are seeking stronger protections to ensure the offices stay open.
Opposition to the closures of the rural offices has gained bipartisan support in recent weeks as public backlash to the closures has grown, particularly as legislative hearings put the problems with the proposal in clearer relief.
The administration isn’t asking for additional money for a mobile DMV program because it says there’s been little interest from rural communities. Senators weren’t buying it. “Lives may be in danger because you are waiting for them to request services that they are unaware that they need,” said Sen. Lyman Hoffman.