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2017 Senate Bill 609: “Bad driver tax” repeal and amnesty
Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on October 4, 2017 To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) that are assessed for various violations and must be paid for two consecutive years, effective Sept. 30, 2018. The bill would also clear any outstanding liability an individual may have to pay these fees, and permit individuals who lost their driver's license for nonpayment to get it back (on payment of a $125 fee). These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenues.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on October 4, 2017
Reported in the Senate on October 12, 2017 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 19, 2017.
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To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) that are assessed for various traffic violations, effective Sept. 30, 2018. Individuals who lost their driver's license for nonpayment of these fees could get it back (on payment of a $125 fee). Fees that have been owed for more than six years would be forgiven, but not more recent ones. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenues.
Note: House Bill 5040 would end the fees and give amnesty for all amounts owed, not just amounts in arrears for six years. The Snyder administration indicated the Governor would veto this due to the state revenue loss, and this bill's partial amnesty is seen as a negotiating position on that. More than 300,000 people owe more than $600 million for these fees, much of which is uncollectible, and thousands have lost their driver's license for nonpayment.
Received in the House on October 19, 2017
Referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness on October 19, 2017

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