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SB 6: "An Act relating to registration of a motor vehicle and suspension of a driver's license for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a fine."

00 SENATE BILL NO.  6                                                                                                      
01 "An Act relating to registration of a motor vehicle and suspension of a driver's                                        
02 license for failure to appear in court or failure to pay a fine."                                                       
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 12.25.200(b) is amended to read:                                                                    
05  (b)  A citation issued under AS 12.25.180 must indicate the amount of bail or                                         
06 fine applicable to the offense, the procedure a person must follow in responding to the                                 
07 citation, [AND] that if the person fails to pay the bail or fine the person must appear                                 
08 in court, and that failure to pay the bail or fine or appear in court for an offense                                   
09 involving a moving motor vehicle may result in denial of motor vehicle                                                  
10 registration and suspension of the person's driver's license, privilege to drive, or                                    
11 privilege to obtain a license.  In addition, a citation must indicate that the person has                              
12 a right to                                                                                                              
13   (1)  a trial;                                                                                                        
14   (2)  engage counsel;                                                                                                 
01   (3)  confront and question witnesses;                                                                                
02   (4)  testify; and                                                                                                    
03   (5)  subpoena witnesses on the person's behalf.                                                                      
04    * Sec. 2.  AS 28.10.041 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                               
05  (d)  If an applicant has received actual notice of a required payment of a fine                                       
06 for a parking offense and has failed to pay the fine, the department shall refuse to                                    
07 register any vehicle owned by the applicant until the applicant provides proof that the                                 
08 fine has been paid.  An agency of the state or a municipality shall report a person's                                   
09 failure to pay a fine to the department as required by the department.  The department                                  
10 may require electronic reporting.                                                                                       
11    * Sec. 3.  AS 28.15.181 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                               
12  (h)  The court may suspend the driver's license, privilege to drive, or privilege                                     
13 to obtain a license of a person who fails to appear in court as required by a citation                                  
14 for an offense involving a moving motor vehicle, or who fails to pay a fine as required                                 
15 by the court for an offense involving a moving motor vehicle.  If the court suspends                                    
16 a driver's license under this subsection, the court shall also provide notice of the                                    
17 suspension to the department.  A suspension imposed under this subsection remains                                       
18 in effect until the person appears in court as required by the citation, or pays the fine                               
19 as required by the court.  When the person appears in court or pays the required fine,                                  
20 the court shall terminate the suspension imposed under this subsection and provide the                                  
21 department and the person with written notice of the termination.