Nixon wants to end patronage system for motor vehicle offices
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Nixon wants to end patronage system for motor vehicle offices

Date: December 12, 2008
By: Jon Cecero
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Governor-elect Jay Nixon announced his plans to end the political patronage system in Missouri revenue fee offices. 

Jon Cecero (SIS-er-oh) has more from Jefferson City. 

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Nixon's plan would put every Missouri revenue fee office up for new contract bids.

A revenue fee office is where Missouri residents can obtain or renew drivers licenses.

Nixon says agents who want to pursue a contract now have go through a point system to make sure the best one gets the job.

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Description: "We will end the system for political patronage for fee licensing offices, beginning in January we will put every fee licensing office in the state, every contract office up for bid and we will award new contracts to those who offer the most efficient and effective service for the people of Missouri." 
Only 12 of the 183 fee offices in the state operate under a competitive bid.
 
Following a Federal inquiry in 2006 Governor Matt Blunt began making the the transition to competitive bid offices.  
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.
 
Intro: The future of obtaining a Missouri drivers license may be moving online.

Jon Cecero (SIS-er-oh) has more from Jefferson City.

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Governor-elect Jay Nixon announced he wants to make the licensing office system a more viral operation.

Nixon said by putting the process online it will make renewing and obtaining a drivers license easier while cutting costs for tax payers.

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Description: "We must do more to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the license process thats where the Internet comes in. In the end our ultimate goal will be to move as much of this business online as possible, this will save time and money for taxpayers and reduce overhead expenses for the state.

Nixon said that currently Missouri only completes 0.5 percent of eligible transactions through the Internet.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.


Intro: Governor Matt Blunt is applauding Nixon for continuing the open bid processes he started back in 2006 after a federal inquiry.

Jon Cecero (SIS-er-oh) has more from Jefferson City.

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According to a press release from spokesperson Jessica Robinson, Governor Blunt states he is happy Governor-elect Nixon is opening all contracted license fee offices for competitive biding.

Robinson said Blunt began the trend by opening twelve offices to competitive bids.

Back in 2006 Blunt began making the transition to competitive bids following a federal inquiry.

Nixon  says he plans to open the remaining 171 contracted license fee offices to open biding as soon as he takes office. 

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jon Cecero.