State Budget-More DMV's

The state Senate has approved a plan requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to spend more money to open more driver's license bureaus.

The vote came as senators gave initial approval to next year's proposed 1605 billion dollar budget, six percent more than this year.

The proposal would require the DMV to spend five percent of its budget, about $844,000 to open more offices.

The House had rejected a similar proposal when it reviewed the budget last week.

During the recession, 25 drivers' license bureaus were closed in 2002 and 2003 to save $800,000.

There are currently 55 offices serving the state, an amount that DMV officials told the joint budget committee was sufficient but not ideal.

Republican Senator Andy McElhany of Colorado Springs says he's not sure how many offices would be reopened if the proposal passes both houses.