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Senate passes repeal of driver responsibility program

Dug BegleyMay 15, 2019

The state’s driver responsibility program, which critics have called a debtor’s prison that has left an estimated 1.5 million Texans without drivers licenses, is on its way out in favor of other fees for impaired driving convictions and $2 more on everyone’s insurance premiums.

The Texas Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed HB 2048, which repeals the driver responsibility program but provides money for trauma care in the state that the program originally was intended to fund. The bill, by state Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, increases all traffic fines in the state by $20, adds $2 to motor vehicle insurance bills for all Texans, and adds up to $6,000 to the fines and fees of a drunken-driving conviction.

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