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Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Driver's license suspension, restriction, and reinstatement. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau) to administer an amnesty program to reduce reinstatement fees for a suspension of driving privileges for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a judgment. Provides that the bureau shall reduce an individual's liability to pay a reinstatement fee if: (1) the reinstatement fee or suspension of driving privileges for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a judgment was imposed before January 1, 2019; (2) the individual files a petition with the bureau after June 30, 2019, and before October 1, 2019; Driver's license suspension, restriction, and reinstatement. Requires the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau) to administer an amnesty program to reduce reinstatement fees for a suspension of driving privileges for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a judgment. Provides that the bureau shall reduce an individual's liability to pay a reinstatement fee if: (1) the reinstatement fee or suspension of driving privileges for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a judgment was imposed before January 1, 2019; (2) the individual files a petition with the bureau after June 30, 2019, and before October 1, 2019; and (3) the bureau determines that the individual has proof of future financial responsibility. Provides that the department of correction shall assist a committed offender in: (1) obtaining driving privileges; (2) reinstating driving privileges; (3) applying for a waiver of reinstatement fees; and (4) establishing proof of financial responsibility; so that the committed offender may be eligible for driving privileges when the offender is subsequently released on parole, assigned to a community transition program, or discharged from the department. Specifies that the bureau may restrict, but not suspend, the driving privileges of a person who operates a motor vehicle without proof of financial responsibility. Specifies that a person whose driving privileges are restricted may only operate a motor vehicle while going to or returning from: (1) lawful employment; (2) parenting time; (3) medical appointments; and (4) educational or vocational training. Makes operating a motor vehicle in violation of the terms of a restricted license a Class C misdemeanor. Provides that a person with restricted driving privileges is not required to pay a reinstatement fee for restoration of unrestricted driving privileges. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate interim study committee the task of studying: (1) the prospective reduction of reinstatement fees; and (2) the establishment of an insurance program to provide funding to insurance carriers to reduce the automobile insurance premium costs of individuals whose annual household income does not exceed 200% of the federal income poverty level. ... View more