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Legislation one step closer to reducing lines at Department of Licensing

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A bill is moving through the legislature in Olympia that could reduce lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The measure is sponsored by a state representative from Des Moines. It would reduce lines by contracting out driving exams to private driving schools and local school districts.

Most people we talked with today think it's a good idea, "Oh, I dread it.  In fact my license expired because I've been dreading it so much. I shouldn't mention that, but I didn't want to come because the lines are long," says  driver Lynn Price.

Under the bill, driving schools could set their own price for the exams. But, the Department of Licensing would still issue licenses, and could retest drivers.

The legislation passed both the house and senate. A few amendments are being considered before it's sent to the governor.

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