JACKSON — Some Mississippi senators don’t have up-to-date vehicle inspection stickers. Now they want other Mississippians to be able to forget about it too.
Senators Wednesday passed Senate Bill 2519, which would repeal the requirement that vehicle owners get a $5 safety inspection each year.
The bill goes to the House for more debate.
Proponents, including Republican Sen. John Polk of Hattiesburg, say too often no inspection is conducted. They also say cars are better-built now, and safety inspections are less needed.
Senate President Pro Tem Giles Ward says of 88 vehicles driven by senators and staffers, 23 have expired stickers and two lack stickers.
Opponents say the state should improve current imperfect inspections, not stop them, to promote safety.
The measure retains requirements that tinted windows be inspected.
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