|By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The fees were passed in 2004 to help fill a budget hole created when
The fees ranged from
Judges, drivers and lawmakers hated the fees, saying they punished drivers twice for the same offense.
The bills would reduce the two-year assessment of the fees to one year and phase out the fees entirely by
Also passed unanimously was a bill that would allow drivers who were assessed fees -- which were eliminated last year -- on charges of driving without a license or without proof of insurance, to perform community service instead.
"If they can't pay the fees, it provides them the opportunity to pay off those and get out from under the debt," said Sen.
That community service bill now goes to the House for consideration. Snyder is expected to sign the phase out for the driver responsibility fees, said his spokeswoman
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