Those seeking drivers licenses who don’t show up for their knowledge- or road-test appointments would be charged a 20-dollar penalty — Minnesota House and Senate negotiators gave thumbs-up Wednesday for inclusion in a state budget bill.  Waseca Republican John Petersburg:

“I’m aware of people that have done multiple appointments in different stations around the area and then, when it came to that day, picked the one they wanted and left the others kinda hanging.”

But Mankato Democrat Luke Frederick contends the state should cut some slack to those with legitimate reasons for not keeping their road-test or knowledge-test appointments.   Officials estimate 25-thousand no-shows annually in Minnesota.