Legislature(1993 - 1994)
04/25/1994 09:10 AM FIN
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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CSSB 166(JUD): 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. Juanita Hensley, Chief, Driver Services, Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Public Safety, testified in support of SB 166. Senator Rieger MOVED for adoption of amendment 1. Amendment 1 was ADOPTED for incorporation within CSSB 166(FIN). CSSB 166(FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with individual recommendations, a fiscal note for the Courts in the amount of $6.9, and a fiscal note for the Department of Safety for $101.9 with a revenue of $(247.5). CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 166(JUD): 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. Co-chair Pearce announced that SB 166 was before the committee. She invited Juanita Hensley, Chief, Driver Services, Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Public Safety, to join the members at the table. JUANITA HENSLEY said that SB 166 would require the amendment to the Uniform Traffic Summons to include a notice that if a person failed to appear in court and failed to pay their fine for a moving violation, the court may suspend their driver's license. The driver's license would be suspended until the fine was paid. It also had a provision that if a person failed to pay their parking fine or parking offense, a hold would be placed on their vehicle registration. Ms. Hensley said that the court had approximately 25,000 unpaid traffic tickets, moving violations or failure to appear fines. She said she did not know how many parking tickets were outstanding because those did not go through the court system. Co-chair Pearce pointed out changes in the bill. SENATOR RIEGER asked if Oregon was the only state that suspended driver's licenses for failure to appear in court. Ms. Hensley said she did not know how many states did but referred to California that placed failure to appear on a person's driving record, and refused to renew a person's license until it was removed. Washington had a similar law. In Alaska, if a person had a moving violation and there was a warrant for that citation, their driver's license would not be reissued. Unfortunately, many licenses are renewed every five years. Senator Rieger spoke in opposition to this bill. He felt that it was not appropriate to suspend someone's driver's license for parking violations. Ms. Hensley pointed out that a hold was put on a vehicle registration. It would not suspend a person's drivers license. Senator Rieger asked if the department would be able to enforce this legislation. Ms. Hensley said that the municipalities would report to the department and place an electronic hold on the registration. The only part the department would play would be to tell the individual that they must pay their parking fines before they could reregister their vehicle. In answer to Senator Rieger, Ms. Hensley said that a fee would not be charged by the department. In Sections 1 and 3, the individual would have to pay his fines for moving violations, and then come back to pay a reinstatement fee for their drivers license. She pointed out that the license was not suspended for a specific period of time, only until they paid their fines. Senator Rieger MOVED for amendment 1 adding a new Section 4. No objection being heard, amendment 1 was ADOPTED. Senator Sharp MOVED for passage of CSSB 166(FIN) as amended out of committee with individual recommendations. No objection being heard, it was REPORTED out of committee with individual recommendations. Co-chair Pearce signed "do pass." Senators Rieger and Sharp signed "no recommendation." Senator Kerttula signed "do not pass."