Yesterday the House voted to repeal many of the fees and license suspension time regarding regaining driver’s licenses for ex-prisoners. This is good news, but because the bill was changed before passing, it was significantly weakened.
The bill will go to a House-Senate Conference Committee to negotiate the differences in the two versions of the bill passed. We will be in touch about what you can say to legislators to support a final version that does NOT include this one amendment added by the House.
We’ve done a lot together to move a major change in laws that hurt ex-prisoners, but there’s still a lot left to do.
Analysis of the amendment: The license suspension bill that the House just passed includes an amendment that was filed by Minority Leader Jones and others. The amendment was changed before it was adopted, but even as changed, it weakens the bill fairly significantly.
The amendment preserves the license suspension for people convicted of trafficking in cocaine, meth, and heroin (trafficking in marijuana is not included). The term of the license suspension cannot exceed five years; presumably the RMV is to fill in the details of the length of the suspensions in various cases. The amendment provides that these people can apply for a hardship license after time served and gives the RMV discretion about these license reinstatements. As amended, the bill passed unanimously.
UPDATE: In order to support this effort, we ask you to take five minutes to call your state legislators and urge them to pass a version of the bill through conference committee that includes those convicted of drug trafficking. And, please ask your friends and neighbors to do the same!
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