This bill would permanently end the practice of automatically suspending an individual’s driver’s license when they miss a court fine payment for a non-driving related offense. Depriving people of driver’s licenses because they cannot afford to pay court fines is a violation of Equal Protection and Due Process protections in the Constitution. Moreover, it is bad policy: suspending a person’s driver’s license when they are too poor to pay court fines, in a rural state like Maine, means that the person cannot get to work, go to the grocery store, or take their kids to school, and it makes it infinitely harder for the person to earn the money to pay outstanding fines. 

Maine passed a similar bill in 2018 that expires in 2021; this bill would remove the sunset clause from the earlier legislation.

Sponsors

Rep. Matthew Moonen

Status

Work Session Scheduled

Session

129th

Bill number

Position

Support