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REP. TORKELSON BILL WOULD ASSIST DEPUTY REGISTRARS SUFFERING FROM MNLARS MESS

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ST. PAUL – In order to help deputy registrars who have been struggling due to the failures of Minnesota’s Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) is co-authoring a bill that would give them an overdue break.

 

“Our deputy registrars have incurred a lot of expense in terms of overtime and just extra work to address this malfunctioning computer system,” Torkelson said.

 

This bill appropriates a total of $9 million from Driver and Vehicle Services operating accounts for reimbursement aid to deputy registrars. Torkelson said it also specifies formula and calculation methods for distributing the aid and directs Minnesota Management and Budget to seek to distribute the aid within 30 days of the bill’s effective date.

 

Torkelson noted that other plans for deputy registrars are also in the works.

 

“We’re looking at legislation that would give them more revenue going forward, knowing Real ID is coming online in October,” Torkelson said. “There will be more work for them to do in relation to that, because those applications will involve extra paperwork.”