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HB17-1162: Outstanding Judgments And Driver’s Licenses

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Bill Number: HB17-1162
Year: 2017
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: M. Gray


Under current law, an individual who is cited for certain traffic infractions must either pay the penalty assessment or appear in court for a hearing. If the individual neither pays the infraction nor appears for a hearing, the court must issue a judgment against the individual. An individual who has an outstanding judgment:
• May have their driver’s license canceled;
• May not receive a new driver’s license; and
• May not renew a current driver’s license.
The bill repeals these penalties and provides courts with the option of withholding a driver’s state income tax refund in order to satisfy the outstanding judgment.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (05/18/2017)
Sent to the Governor (05/18/2017)
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (05/04/2017)
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee (04/28/2017)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/21/2017)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/21/2017)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (02/06/2017)

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