Complete and retroactive repeal of House Bill 3202 / Chapter 896 Civil Remedial Fees in the State of Virginia and refund of fees already collected. __________________________________ RE: Virginia \'Abusive Driver Fees\' or \'Civil Remedial Fees\' for traffic tickets: This is a petition to demand the Virginia Legislature enact a complete and immediate repeal of the State of Virginia HB3202 AKA \"Abusive Driver Fees\" or \"Civil Remedial Fees\" that became effective on July 1, 2007. We ask that: 1. The repeal be fully retroactive to July 1, 2007 2. That any fees collected be refunded to the effected drivers within 30 days 3. Any licenses suspended because of these fees be reinstated effective immediately 4. That the suspension be expunged from the records of the effected drivers 5. That insurance carriers be required to reinstate auto insurance coverage for any driver that lost their coverage due to the suspension on their driving record that was due to the fees AND/OR any increase in auto insurance premiums related to the above mentioned suspensions be rescinded and the paid increased premium amounts be refunded to the affected drivers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The "Civil Remedial Fees" that became effective on 07/01/2007 are an onerous and outrageous burden on the citizens of Virginia. They place an unconstitutional and disproportionate punishment of residents of the the State of Virginia for traffic violations. The exorbitant fees can place catastrophic financial burdens on hardworking citizens and their families. There is no legal basis for these fees to be implemented, and is just another way of unfairly taxing the citizens of Virginia, since these new "CRF\'s" will only be applied to Virginia drivers and not to drivers from other states convicted of traffic violations in the state of Virginia. This legislation needs to be repealed, COMPLETELY, IMMEDIATELY and RETROACTIVELY. Anything less than full repeal is unacceptable to the citizens of the State of Virginia. THE BELOW INFORMATION IS FOR PETITION SIGNERS: ___________________________________________ This is a free petition - The donation page that appears following your signature submission is a donation page for the petition DOMAIN and NOT THE PETITION AUTHOR. No money is requested or expected by the petition author. __________________________________________ To see a full listing of these fees, and the partial list of traffic violations that they apply to, please visit: http://www.courts.state.va.us/publications/hb_3202.pdf The fees are listed as \"Annual\" amounts, so multiply the amount listed by 3. So a listed $300 CRF is really a $900 CRF - on a $35 traffic ticket! So the CRF is 26 TIMES the amount of the traffic fine. Tickets from other states will still collect CRF\'s from you for 3 years for the points you accumulate for out of state tickets as well as in state tickets. An annual $100 per year fee for 3 years, + $100 per point per year for 3 years. ______________________________________ Judges are not allowed to reduce or waive these fees for any reason. If these onerous fees are not paid, you will have your license suspended. If your license is suspended - You will have an extremely hard time finding any type of affordable (and required) car insurance. The financial burdens will mushroom and hit the financially weakest the hardest. With one of the highest costs of living in the US, these additional fees will only add to the financial burdens upon the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. These CRF\'s need to be repealed immediately and completely, and retroactively to July 1, 2007. _____________________________________________ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here are the Senate and House votes that passed this bill: Here are the votes: ______________________ HOUSE VOTE ON HB-3202: HB 3202 Transportation funding; authority to certain localities to impose additional fees therefor, report. floor: 02/24/07 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (64-Y 34-N) ________________________________________ YEAS--Albo, Alexander, BaCote, Bell, Bulova, Byron, Callahan, Caputo, Carrico, Cline, Cosgrove, Cox, Crockett-Stark, Dance, Dudley, Fralin, Gilbert, Griffith, Hamilton, Hargrove, Hogan, Howell, A.T., Hugo, Hurt, Iaquinto, Ingram, Janis, Jones, S.C., Kilgore, Landes, Lewis, Lingamfelter, Lohr, Marsden, Marshall, D.W., May, McQuigg, Miller, J.H., Miller, P.J., Morgan, Nixon, Nutter, O\'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Peace, Poisson, Purkey, Putney, Reid, Rust, Saxman, Scott, E.T., Shannon, Sherwood, Sickles, Suit, Tata, Waddell, Wardrup, Welch, Wittman, Wright, Mr. Speaker--64. _____________ NAYS--Abbitt, Amundson, Armstrong, Barlow, Bowling, Brink, Cole, Ebbin, Eisenberg, Englin, Gear, Hall, Hull, Joannou, Johnson, Jones, D.C., Marshall, R.G., McClellan, McEachin, Melvin, Moran, Phillips, Plum, Rapp, Scott, J.M., Shuler, Spruill, Toscano, Tyler, Valentine, Ward, Ware, O., Ware, R.L., Watts--34. __________ NOT VOTING--Athey, Frederick--2. Delegate Frederick recording as not voting. Intended to vote nay. Delegate Athey recorded as not voting. Intended to vote yea. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ SENATE VOTE ON HB-3202: HB 3202 Transportation funding; authority to certain localities to impose additional fees therefor, report. floor: 02/24/07 Senate: VOTE: (21-Y 18-N) ________________________________________ YEAS--Bell, Blevins, Cuccinelli, Devolites Davis, Hanger, Hawkins, Martin, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, O\'Brien, Quayle, Rerras, Ruff, Stolle, Stosch, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins, Williams--21. ________________ NAYS--Chichester, Colgan, Deeds, Edwards, Herring, Houck, Howell, Lambert, Locke, Lucas, Marsh, Miller, Potts, Puckett, Puller, Reynolds, Ticer, Whipple--18. _______________ NOT VOTING--Saslaw--1. Senator Saslaw stated that he was recorded as not voting on the question of agreeing to the joint conference committee report on H.B. 3202, whereas he intended to vote nay. __________________ Source: General Assembly vote: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe071+sum+HB3202 _________________________________ We do not want partial modification of these fees, we want them completely repealed. __________________ ___________________
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