- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly narrowly passed a bill allowing counties to increase vehicle registration fees to raise money for fingerprint identification programs.

AB2393 passed Tuesday on a 41-27 vote over objections from Republican lawmakers who likened it to an under-the-table tax increase.

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael says the money raised through his bill will help local law enforcement officers quickly scan fingerprints. Counties could double their charge on vehicle registration fees to $2.

Those fees come on top of a $46 base charge, a $24 surcharge for the California Highway Patrol and other fees counties can tack on.

Republican lawmakers say such moves should be governed by voter-imposed rules for tax increases. GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach says vehicle registration fees fall hardest on low-income Californians.

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