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2011 Senate Bill 166: Repeal some but not all “bad driver tax” penalties

Public Act 255 of 2011

Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on February 17, 2011
To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) that are assessed for various violations and must be paid for two consecutive years. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to raise revenue so as avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 17, 2011
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 30, 2011
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that repeals some but not all of these taxes/fees.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 30, 2011
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 30, 2011.
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To repeal some but not all of the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) imposed for various violations. Repealed are penalties for accumulating 7 or more points on a driving record, driving without a license, and failing to have insurance or proof of insurance. A $1,000 surtax for driving with a suspended or revoked license was NOT repealed. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets.
Motion by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on June 30, 2011
That the bill be given immediate effect.
The motion failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on June 30, 2011.
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Motion by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 30, 2011
The motion passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on June 30, 2011.
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Received in the House on June 30, 2011
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on June 30, 2011
Reported in the House on October 26, 2011
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-5) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on November 9, 2011
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details. This was rejected in favor of a different substitute.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on November 9, 2011
Substitute offered by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on November 9, 2011
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that repeals more of these penalties.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on November 9, 2011
Substitute offered by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on November 9, 2011
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not repeal the extra penalty for having seven or more points on a driving record.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 9, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on November 9, 2011
To make a technical change in the language of one provision.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 9, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on November 9, 2011
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 9, 2011
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on November 10, 2011.
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To repeal some but not all of the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) imposed for various violations. Repealed are penalties for driving with an expired license, and failing to have insurance or proof of insurance. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets .
Received in the Senate on November 29, 2011
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 1, 2011.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which does not repeal penalties for accumulating 7 or more points on a driving record.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 13, 2011

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