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Texas Department of Public Safety restoring driver’s license office hours

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is restoring expanded hours at 11 of the state’s busiest driver’s license offices after some lawmakers bristled that reduced hours intended to address budget shortfalls instead shortchanged Texas drivers.

The agency acknowledged in a statement from its Amarillo office that the  decision Tuesday afternoon to resume extended hours after came after discussion with state leaders and legislators.

The Houston Chronicle reported earlier Tuesday that the public safety department quietly disclosed the cuts in an email to lawmakers and their staffs two weeks ago — just after the legislature ended its session.

The department now says it will consider “other options and efficiencies” to deal with a $14 million shortfall in the current budget and another $7 million reduction in the new budget beginning in September.

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