Licenses for unpaid Court Fines
It's estimated that there's around a billion dollars every year in fines and
court costs that are not collected by Pennsylvania courts. One state Senator
says the state should withhold drivers' licenses until the money is paid.
Stack has introduced two bills (Senate Bills 918 and 919) aimed at collecting
unpaid court costs and fines, as well as restitution for victims of crime. The
Senator estimates that the courts have about 1 billion dollars in unpaid costs,
fines and restitution that could be collected through this legislation.
first bill (SB 918) would prohibit the
renewal of a driverís license for anyone that has delinquent costs, fines,
fees, and restitution imposed by a Pennsylvania court.
has said this legislation would require new verification software to be
developed and installed, so the bill would allocate $400,000 annually from the
General Fund to the Motor Licensing Fund in order to pay for ongoing
administrative costs for this program.
$400,000 annually may seem like a significant expense, Senator Stack says that
with over $1 billion in unpaid fines, this will more than pay for itself in
both the short term and the long term.
second bill (SB 919) would allow Pennsylvania courts to attach the income,
state income tax returns, or lottery winnings of people that have delinquent
court costs, fines, fees, and restitution. The legislation allows the courts
and offenders to enter into repayment plans or other arrangements to prevent