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Lawmakers Allow DMV to Pursue Another $26M to Address Long Wait Times After Allocating $16M Earlier This Month

A line of people stretches around a California Department of Motor Vehicles building in South Los Angeles on Aug. 7, 2018. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A line of people stretches around a California Department of Motor Vehicles building in South Los Angeles on Aug. 7, 2018. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Long wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles were the subject of continued controversy Wednesday at a Capitol hearing and at a campaign event where Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox said the problem has been mishandled.

The Assembly Budget Committee voted 15 to 10 Wednesday on a budget bill that allows the DMV to pursue an additional $26 million to speed up the processing of licenses at field offices. But the agency must justify any request in writing and provide a monthly report on how money is being spent.

“It’s absolutely appropriate that we continue to follow up and understand how these resources are deployed so that these wait times, which are a statewide issue, can be addressed across the board,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the committee’s chairman.

The budget bill was opposed by a bloc of Republicans, including Assemblyman Jay Obernolte of Big Bear Lake, who said DMV officials last week could not satisfactorily explain what they plan to do with $16 million that was provided earlier this month.

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