Lawmakers are considering whether they should scale back a new fee increase, though it’s only a small charge for a small service. The state’s begun charging three dollars more to get a copy of your certified driving record, for a total of eight dollars and fifty cents. It doesn’t sound like much, but Republican Representative Clarence Hoffman of Charter Oak says it adds up fast for insurance companies that request hundreds of those records every day. Hoffman says some insurance companies will pay up to 100-thousand dollars more this coming year because of the fee hike. Hoffman says Iowa prides itself in having the nation’s second-lowest rates for auto insurance, but this fee could force increases in premiums. Hoffman says it would also burden trucking companies which are required by law to check the driving record of every applicant. Senator Ron Weick, a Republican from Sioux City, is an insurance agent, and he says the increased fee is paying for broader service. Weick says the records will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and records will be updated twice a day, providing faster service to the insurance companies. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will be asked to review the fee hike over the summer and fall, then recommend to lawmakers whether to lower it or leave it when the Legislature convenes next January.
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