SB1, filed by Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, seeks to repeal the requirement that the driver's license of a person convicted of violating the law who fails pay court fines be suspended.
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Attorney General Mark Herring has asked a Charlottesville court to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at ending driver’s license suspensions for people who haven’t paid court fees.
In its one-day veto session, the General Assembly passed several major reforms that it couldn’t manage to resolve in its 45-day regular session. But in solving one problem — the draconian practice of suspending driver’s licenses for people trying to pay court fees — it created another.
The General Assembly will vote on the amendment April 3, when it reconvenes.
Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that he will push lawmakers to end the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of Virginians who fail to pay court fees and fines.
Albemarle Del. Rob Bell was among the committee members who halted the measure.
The DMV will no longer be permitted to enforce Virginia’s controversial law allowing suspension of driver’s licenses for people who have not paid their court costs.
In 2016, Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center filed the lawsuit, claiming that more than 940,000 people in the state had their licenses suspended for nonpayment of fees and fines.