Trenton – A package of bills sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner, which would reduce the frequency of suspended driver’s licenses, cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.
The first bill, S-1080, would remove driver’s license suspension as a penalty related to convictions of certain crimes and offenses unrelated to one’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. The bill was released from committee by a vote of 9-1-2, and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.
“This is common sense legislation. If the crime committed has nothing to do with a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle there is no reason to suspend their license and hinder their ability to make a living,” said Senator Turner (D-Hunterdon/Mercer). “On top of needing to drive to work, many jobs require a valid driver’s license just to apply, so those entering or reentering the workforce cannot even get work within walking distance.”
A second bill, S-1508, would eliminate the points-based Motor Vehicle Violations Surcharge System and the surcharges attached to unsafe driving violations following the retirement of bonds and debts tied to the surcharge system. The bill was released from committee by a vote of 12-0, and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.
The final piece of the package, SCR-98, declares opposition to the federal mandate requiring states suspend driver’s licenses for drug related offenses. The bill was released from committee by a vote of 9-2-1, and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.