Wis. committee reduces handgun background fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's finance committee has voted to reduce the handgun purchaser background check fee by $3.

Background checks currently cost $13. The Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 Thursday to lower the fee to $10 as it revised the state Justice Department's portion of Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 executive budget.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau noted in a memo to the committee the handgun background check program finished the 2011-12 fiscal year $454,200 in the black. The bureau estimates the program will finish the current fiscal year with a $1.8 million balance.

The committee is expected to wrap up its budget revisions by early June. The full Legislature still must approve the budget and Walker can use his extensive partial veto power to rewrite the final spending plan to his liking.


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