MADISON (WKOW) -- Background-check fees on handgun purchases would increase less than Gov. Jim Doyle wanted, under a proposal approved by the Legislature's budget committee.
The Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 Tuesday to increase the fee from $8 to $13. Doyle had wanted to raise it to $30.
The Democratic-controlled Legislature must approve the $5 fee increase before it takes effect.
Republicans criticized it as unfairly taxing people who are legally buying guns.
The state Justice Department does handgun background checks and the FBI does it on long-rifle buyers.
Last year the state received about 47,000 requests for background checks and approved all but about 600 of them.
The $8 fee has not increased since its inception 18 years ago.
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