- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - County treasurers are complaining about a bill that would help the Kansas Turnpike Authority collect fines.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1QGEOGb) reports that the KTA would like the authority to place holds on vehicle registrations as a way to ensure revenue. Shawnee County Treasurer Larry Mah is among the treasurers who have said the plan would bog down local motor vehicle offices.

Turnpike spokeswoman Rachel Bell says the bill is part of a larger turnpike modernization plan. At some stations, the state is transitioning to an open-tolling system, where cameras scan license plates as cars pass. Bills are sent to drivers who don’t have an electronic toll collection device known as a K-TAG.

Mah says he likes the open-toll plan, but revoking vehicle registration shifts the responsibility to motor vehicle offices.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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