Bipartisan legislation includes forgiveness of outstanding debt
State Rep. Aaron Miller today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in approving legislation ending the senseless driver responsibility fees and forgiving outstanding debt resulting from the fees.
Miller, of Sturgis, said ending of the fees lifts a heavy financial burden off hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who never should have been forced to pay the fees in the first place. Under the bipartisan eight-bill package, the fees will be eliminated on Oct. 1, 2018.
“These fees did nothing to improve the driving habits of anyone who paid them, but did serve to put them in financial hardship,” Miller said. “This was compounded by many who lost their driving privileges as a result of the fees, which often led to loss of driving privileges and loss of employment. They couldn’t get to work so they couldn’t earn a living and pay their fees. It was truly a Catch 22.”
Miller said the fees were established in 2003 and were caused by out-of-control spending by a previous administration looking to plug a hole in the state budget.
“These fees were nothing but a desperate money grab by an administration that spent recklessly, which created a budget shortfall,” Miller said. “Michigan families in 2017 should not have to pay for reckless action taken 14 years ago. It’s time to end these fees once and for all.”
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080.