|Gardner backs repeal of license late fine|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 29 January 2010 10:46|
COLUMBUS - State Rep. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) this week co-sponsored legislation to repeal the new $20 late fee penalty on drivers' licenses and license plate renewals.
The fee was proposed by Governor Ted Strickland last year and enacted by the Ohio General Assembly in the state transportation budget bill. Gardner voted no on the bill.
"Many people view this penalty as excessive and not the appropriate way for government to raise revenue," Gardner said.
The penalty went into effect in October, with more than 320,000 Ohioans forced to pay the fine. Anyone more than seven days late in renewing a drivers' license or vehicle registration must pay the penalty.
"This penalty should have never been passed in the first place," Gardner said. "Just because it's the law today doesn't mean we shouldn't end it. That's what our bill will do."
Even though the fine was Governor Strickland's idea, Gardner said he is pleased that its repeal is beginning to gain bipartisan support.
Helping to lead the effort are Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Orrville) and Rep. Sandra Harwood (D-Niles). The bill is expected to be formally introduced next week in the House of Representatives.
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