Home  |   About us  |   Partner with AWC  |   Login      


Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

Published on Friday, February 5, 2016

Cities support relicensing substitute bill in Senate

SB 6360/HB 2659, Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), would create a statewide relicensing program for drivers whose licenses have been suspended for delinquent fines. The legislation would set up a system where drivers could consolidate their fines into a simple and affordable payment plan. To read about the bill and its history in more depth see this previous Bulletin article.

AWC expressed concerns with the underlying bill. The program proposed for development would be undertaken by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) with input from a workgroup convened under the Attorney General. AWC asked for the workgroup to instead develop the plan because we are concerned about outstanding issues that still need to be worked out. This structure allows for AWC to continue to participate in the development process. The Senate version, SB 6360, was amended with these changes and passed out of committee on February 3. The bill now moves to the Senate Ways & Means Committee. AWC is supportive of the amended legislation.

The House bill moved out of the Judiciary Committee on February 4, but with no amendments. It now moves to the House Appropriations Committee.

We will continue to monitor the progress of both bills and provide updates as needed.