Driver's license; suspension for failure to pay jail fees related to prisoner's keep. (HB1987)

Introduced By

Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Suspension of driver's license for failure to pay jail fees. Allows for the suspension of a driver's license for failure to pay jail fees related to a prisoner's keep. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098106644
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/27/2009Stricken from docket by Transportation
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 233 (effective 7/1/09)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Combined with HB1919, this is just a terrible, terrible idea. Somebody convicted of writing bad checks, sentenced to six months, emerges $4,575 in debt. Which they can't pay, of course, because that's why they're in there in the first place. So what happens? Their drivers license is taken away, so they can't make any money, what with being unable to get to their job. Desperation and poverty lead to crime. And so the cycle repeats.

This bill is a terrible idea.