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2013 Senate Bill 633: Allow community service to cover some “bad driver” fees
  1. Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on October 22, 2013, to allow a person to do 10 hours of “community service” in lieu of paying a state “bad driver fee” for certain offenses, including driving without a license and failing to have or produce proof of insurance. The fees for these particular offences were repealed by a 2011 law, so the bill would apply only to individuals who incurred and failed to pay them in the past. These very high, revenue-raising fees were originally imposed in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on October 22, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 21, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 12, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on June 12, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on July 16, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass..
  4. Passed 110 to 0 in the House on September 9, 2014, to allow a person to do 10 hours of “community service” in lieu of paying a state “bad driver fee” for certain offenses, including driving without a license and failing to have or produce proof of insurance. The fees for these particular offences were repealed by a 2011 law, so the bill would apply only to individuals who incurred and failed to pay them in the past. These very high, revenue-raising fees were originally imposed in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets. A law enacted earlier in 2014 would gradually phase out the fees imposed for additional offenses.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on September 10, 2014.
  6. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 10, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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