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2013 Senate Bill 633: Allow community service to cover some “bad driver” fees
  1. Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on October 22, 2013, to allow a person to do 10 hours of “community service” in lieu of paying a state “bad driver fee” for certain offenses, including accumulating seven or more “points” within a two-year period, driving without a license and failing to produce proof of insurance. These very high, revenue-raising fees were originally imposed in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets. The bill would also earmark some of the revenue from these levies to a drunk-driver vehicle “interlock” program.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on October 22, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 21, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 12, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2014, to allow a person to do 10 hours of “community service” in lieu of paying a state “bad driver fee” for certain offenses, including accumulating seven or more “points” within a two-year period, driving without a license and failing to produce proof of insurance. These very high, revenue-raising fees were originally imposed in 2003 to avoid spending cuts in that year’s and subsequent state government budgets.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on June 12, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on July 16, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass..

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