Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Bill seeks 2-year plate renewal

By Steve Kemme skemme@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON - Ohio Rep. Gary Cates says motorists should be able to renew their license plates for two years at a time and use their credit cards to pay the fees.

        “I feel this bill will mean more customer convenience for Ohio motorists,” the West Chester Republican said Monday at a briefing about his proposed legislation at the Hamilton West Deputy Registrar's Office. “It's a bill with a lot of common sense.”

        Under current state law, motorists have to renew their license plates one year at a time and must pay with either cash or checks. Most people have the option to renew by mail.

        Having the option to renew license plates two years at a time will reduce the lines at license bureaus and save people time, Mr. Cates said.

        “Taking time out of a work day to stand in line for an hour to get one square-inch sticker for your license plate seems awfully inconvenient.”

        The ideas for the bill came from Dan Keith, a Fairfield Township resident, and Butler County Auditor Kay Rogers.

        Mr. Cates has asked Rep. Michelle Schneider, R-Madeira, to sponsor the legislation, called House Bill 645.

        The House will hold hearings on the bill before the end of this year.


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