Looking ahead to an even better, safer, more prosperous and opportunity filled future, Virginia Republican leaders in the General Assembly are championing a forward-looking agenda for governing that builds upon their past accomplishments.
· Applying the abusive driver fees to out-of-state residents. While the version of HB 3202 that was approved by the General Assembly in February included this provision, Governor Kaine’s completely rewritten version of the bill did not.
· Eliminating the fees for crimes below Class Two misdemeanors and reevaluating the remaining higher offenses for their seriousness. Additionally, the General Assembly will reassess the reckless driving statute (not changed by HB 3202) to ensure the speeds resulting in reckless driving charges are reasonable and reflect current speed limits. For offenses that will no longer be subjected to the fees, anyone convicted of the deleted offenses after July 1, 2007 would not have to pay an abuser fee. Another change under consideration would give judges the discretion to waive the fees for those subjected to them for driving on a suspended license where the suspension was solely due to failure to pay a fine or fee.