As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change everyday life in Minnesota, extensions to licensing and registration requirements, along with other changes, could help keep things running as smoothly as possible.
Via a remote hearing, the House Transportation Finance and Policy Division approved the bill as amended and sent it to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The bill would make a range of changes, including:
It also contains federal conformity measures, said Emma Corrie, director of the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division.
The extensions would run through the end of the second month following the end of the peacetime emergency.
Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) asked if the licensing extensions were really necessary – as many deputy registrars are re-opening – and expressed concern the bill could cause an unnecessary drop in revenue.
Although a fiscal note was not yet available, Corrie said that she did not expect to see a significant financial impact because it is the first year of the biennium and revenues would be deferred, not lost altogether.
The bill ensures that people will not be pressured to “rush into our offices,” she said.