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2017 House Bill 5040: “Bad driver tax” repeal and amnesty

Public Act 43 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R) on September 28, 2017
To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) that are assessed for various violations and must be paid for two consecutive years, effective Sept. 30, 2018. The bill would also clear any outstanding liability an individual may have to pay these fees. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenue collections.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness on September 28, 2017
Reported in the House on October 19, 2017
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on November 1, 2017
To earmark some money collected from these fees in the 2018 fiscal year to fire protection grants to local governments.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 1, 2017
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on November 2, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” (“bad driver tax”) that are assessed for various violations and must be paid for two consecutive years, effective Sept. 30, 2018. The bill would also clear any outstanding liability an individual may have to pay these fees. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenue collections.
Received in the Senate on November 7, 2017
Referred to the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on November 7, 2017
Reported in the Senate on February 1, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on February 14, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” that are assessed for various traffic violations in addition to the fine for the violation itself. The bill would go into effect on Sept. 30, 2018, and would also clear any outstanding liability an individual may have to pay these fees, and allow reinstatement of drivers licenses suspended for non-payment. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenue collections.
Received in the House on February 14, 2018
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on February 14, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” that are assessed for various traffic violations in addition to the fine for the violation itself. The bill would go into effect on Sept. 30, 2018, and would also clear any outstanding liability an individual may have to pay these fees, and allow reinstatement of drivers licenses suspended for non-payment. These very expensive fees were originally adopted in 2003 to increase state revenue collections.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 1, 2018

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