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Budget Bill 2017 Updates

The 2017 Budget Act was signed on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Budget trailer bill language included AB 103 which provides statutory changes to eliminate the ability of a court to initiate a driver’s license suspension or hold if the defendant fails to pay.

AB 103 further deletes the authority of the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend a driver’s license if they receive a notice of a failure to pay and requires the Judicial Council to annually report on revenue and collections from criminal fines and fees related to infractions and misdemeanors for each court and county beginning October 1, 2018. The language is intended to provide flexibility to individuals by allowing them to retain driving privileges during resolution of their court case.  (Sections 17, 33, and 51-54).

Since trailer bills take effect immediately, the elimination of the courts’ authority to initiate a driver’s license suspension or hold if the defendant fails to pay is effective as of June 27, 2017 and will impact what is reported on 2017-2018 Collections Reporting Templates.

If you  have any questions please submit them to collections@jud.ca.gov.

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