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2014 House Bill 5414: Reduce, then end “driver responsibility fees”

Public Act 250 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on March 18, 2014, to reduce the so-called “driver responsibility fees” (a.k.a. “bad driver tax”) imposed for certain traffic violations, which were originally adopted in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state budgets. The bill would cut these additional fees in half for offenses committed after Sept. 30, 2014, and abolish them as of Oct. 1, 2017. Reportedly, thousands of mostly low-income individuals have lost their licenses due to inability to pay these penalties.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on March 18, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on May 14, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on May 21, 2014, to establish as "the intent of the legislature" that $8.5 million will be appropriated to a state "fire protection fund" each year starting in 2017. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 21, 2014.
  2. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on May 21, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 27, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 27, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 12, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  4. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to gradually phase out the so-called “driver responsibility fees” (a.k.a. “bad driver tax”) imposed for certain traffic violations, which were originally adopted in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state budgets. The fees for most offenses would be abolished as of Oct. 1, 2019. Reportedly, thousands of mostly low-income individuals have lost their licenses due to inability to pay these penalties. Senate Bill 633 would authorize doing "community service" as an alternative in many cases..
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
  6. Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2014.

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