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Car Registration Refund

August 12th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

If you lived in Florida between 2000 and 2004, and you still register a vehicle, you might be in for a discount next year. The Governor and Cabinet approved a plan today to discount registrations by a dollar for about 10 million vehicles when they come up for renewal in 2009 or 2010. The refund is a result of a court suit over the way Florida sold public records. Highway Safety Executive director Electra Bustle says the problem was corrected in 2004.

You had to exempt out your records. For instance, all records are public in Florida unless you say, records to be held as exempt, Bustle said. Federal law in 2000 changed, and said you actually had to opt in, everythings confidential unless you authorize it and there were 16 exemptions. So our opt-out law, was not in compliance with the federal opt-in law.

The plan must still be approved by state lawmakers.

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