JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A top senator says the Missouri Senate will hold up a budget for the state Revenue Department until it gets answers on a new procedure for issuing driver’s licenses.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard made the announcement Thursday.

The Senate subpoenaed the Revenue Department this week for information on whether it’s sharing personal information from driver’s license applicants with the federal government or a private company. The department has until April 2 to respond.

The questions arose after a southeastern Missouri man filed suit challenging a requirement that documents like birth certificates be scanned into a state database system when a person applies for a driver’s license.

Revenue Department officials have denied during legislative hearings that any of the personal information is being shared.

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