• HB 4065

    Bill to prevent Oregon from suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid traffic tickets passes House

    Oregon’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday that seeks to eliminate a state policy where residents could have their driver’s licenses suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket, in some cases for up to 20 years if they didn’t pay up. HB 4065 passed the House with bipartisan support 42-16. If approved, Oregon would join California, Montana, Mississippi and Idaho in passing similar legislation. The Oregon Law Center, a nonprofit legal rights group, estimates that 334,338 such suspensions have been issued in the past decade. Rep. Chris Gorsek, D-Troutdale, said losing driving privileges can be a serious detriment to Oregonians’ way of life and means to make…

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