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Gov.

Rick Snyder signs bill allowing residents to volunteer as payment


for Driver Responsibility Fees
Also signs pharmacy tech license, delinquent hotel tax, hazardous waste bills

September 23, 2014
LANSING, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation allowing Michigan residents to pay for
some Driver Responsibility Fees by doing community service.
While we are ultimately phasing out Driver Responsibility Fees, this program gives Michiganders
the opportunity to give back by volunteering as an alternative way to pay their fines, Snyder said.
Senate Bill 633, sponsored by state Sen. Bruce Caswell, gives residents with certain unpaid Driver
Responsibility Fees an alternative method to settle the debt. Under the legislation, drivers can
complete 10 hours of community service as payment for each violation including operating a vehicle
with an expired or invalid license and operating without insurance or proof of insurance. The bill is
now Public Act 283 of 2014. The Department of Treasury, which administers the program, will begin
accepting applications for community service in January 2015.
Snyder previously signed legislation in June 2014 to lessen and ultimately phase out Driver
Responsibility Fees by October 2019.
The governor also signed four other bills:
SB 758, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, allows county treasurers to collect delinquent
hotel taxes in the same manner unpaid special assessments are collected. Currently county
treasurers can only use impractical criminal sanctions to attempt to collect overdue hotel taxes.
These provisions allow the treasurer to foreclosure on the property if delinquent payments are not
made. It is now PA 284.
SB 92, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green, protects the health of Michigan citizens by ensuring
that all pharmacy technicians are property certified. The bill creates standardized licensing
requirements for pharmacy technicians in Michigan. It is now PA 285.
SBs 959 and 960, sponsored by state Sen. Roger Kahn, extend the sunset on six fees that pay for
Michigans Hazardous Waste Management Program required by the federal government. The
program is responsible for regulating the transfer, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste in
Michigan. The bills allow for the continuation of collection of $1.1 million in user charges from
Michigans 6,500 hazardous waste generators to support the program. They are now PAs 286 and
287.
For more information on legislation, visit legislature.michigan.gov.