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HELENA - A plan moving through the Legislature would allow the transfer of vehicle registration tags to a new owner.

The House gave an initial endorsement of the idea on a 65-35 vote on Wednesday. It was then sent to the appropriations committee for more debate.

Under the bill, vehicle registration fees would not be collected when ownership is transferred until the vehicle's registration renewal date.

Currently, if a person buys a used car they have to pay for a full year of registration, even if the car had recently been registered.

The bill would cost the state about $4 million per year. That was a sticking point for opponents worried about declining state revenues amid the recession.

Supporters say it's not fair to collect road taxes on the same car twice in the same year.

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