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HB 978 - Vehicle Seizures for Unlicensed Drivers - Key Vote

Georgia Key Votes

Bill Cowsert voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Vehicle Seizures for Unlicensed Drivers

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (115-44) - (Key vote)

Title: Vehicle Seizures for Unlicensed Drivers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that authorizes law enforcement to impound motor vehicles operated by an unlicensed driver.

Highlights:
- Exempts persons driving with an expired license, unlicensed drivers 16 years of age or younger if it is their first offense, and any other person exempt from licenses under existing law from having their vehicles impounded [sec. 1 (b)]. - Sustains the ability of the court to impose an additional penalty for traffic violations equal to five percent of the original fine until June 30, 2013, originally set to expire on June 30, 2008 (Sec. 1A). - Establishes the effective date of this Act as July 1, 2008, and will be applied to all violations occurring on or after that date (Sec. 2). - This is a substitute bill sponsored by the Senate Public Safety Committee.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (32-18) - (Key vote)

Title: Vehicle Seizures for Unlicensed Drivers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes law enforcement to impound motor vehicles operated by an unlicensed drivers.

Highlights:
- Exempts persons driving with an expired license, unlicensed drivers 16 years of age or younger if it is their first offense, and any other person exempt from licenses under existing law from having their vehicles impounded [sec. 1 (b)]. - Sustains the ability of the court to impose an additional penalty for traffic violations equal to five percent of the original fine until June 30, 2013, originally set to expire on June 30, 2008 (Sec. 1A). - Establishes the effective date of this Act as July 1, 2008, and will be applied to all violations occurring on or after that date (Sec. 2). - This is a substitute bill sponsored by the Senate Public Safety Committee.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (104-51) - (Key vote)

Title: Vehicle Seizures for Undocumented Immigrant Traffic Violations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes law enforcement to seize the motor vehicles of undocumented immigrant when they are involved in an accident or violate traffic laws.

Highlights:
- Allows the court to consider the costs incurred by the victim of an accident involving an undocumented immigrant, if the vehicle is sold upon forfeiture. The court may order that a portion of the proceeds be paid to the victim [sec. 1 (d)]. - Allows the owner of a motor vehicle that was seized to present a sworn affidavit denying knowledge of the operator's immigration status in order to have the vehicle returned [sec. 1 (c)]. - Establishes the effective date of this Act as July 1, 2008 (Sec. 2). - This is a substitute bill sponsored by the House Rules Committee.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Vehicle Seizures for Undocumented Immigrant Traffic Violations

Sponsors

  • Ronald L. Forster (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James Mills (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John J. Wiles (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
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