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Access to Motor Vehicle Records May Get Harder

January 24, 2000
By: Francine Krantz
State Capital Bureau

Information from driver's license and motor vehicle records would be subject to tighter restrictions under proposed legislation. Francine Krantz has the story from Jefferson City.

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Republican Senator John Russell says the state needs to stop the Department of Revenue from selling motor vehicle records to private companies for solicitation purposes.

The department is currently allowed to release this information, as long as the driver has not requested that these details be withheld.

Russell said that a number of people have complained to him about the ease with which private businesses can access their personal information.

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Contents: Russell said people are expecting the legislature to do something because solicitation is becoming a terrible nuisance.

Fellow Republican Senator Larry Rohrbach has introduced two similar bills. Russell said he was interested in possibly combining these proposals into one. From the state capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.


Two Republican Senators say access to motor vehicle records should fall under greater limitations. Francine Krantz has the story from Jefferson City.


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Republican Senators John Russell and Larry Rohrbach say they are concerned about the Department of Revenue's ability to sell information about private citizens.

Both Senators have introduced bills that would limit access to vehicle registration and driver's license information.

Russell says he is not sure his bill will pass because there is quite a bit of opposition to it, especially from the business community.

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Contents: Russell said most people are opposed to it beacuse they are profiting from it, and that he wants to reduce this fact.

Russell introduced similar legislation last year but the bill failed to make it past the committee process. From the state capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.


Two Republican Senators say the Department of Revenue should stop releasing motor vehicle records for solicitation purposes. Francine Krantz has the story from Jefferson City.

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Republican Senators John Russell and Larry Rohrbach say they are concerned about the Department of Revenue's ability to sell information about private citizens.

Both Senators have introduced bills that would restrict businesses from accessing personal information from motor vehicle records.

Rohrbach says that a lot of citizens are unknowingly being placed on direct-mail lists when companies attain their driver's license records.

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Contents: Rohrbach says he wants to know if the mission of the Department of Revenue is to serve the state or sell information in bulk.

Both bills are currently under review in the Senate Finance committee. From the state capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.