Act Now to End Debt-Based Driver’s License Suspensions

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Debt-based driver’s license suspensions are a poverty penalty that punishes people solely because they are poor. The law needs to be changed, and you can help do it. Email your legislator today!

Every year about 10,000 Montanans have their licenses suspended because of unpaid court debt, even when they are too poor to pay.

Access to a valid driver’s license is essential in Montana to drive to and from work, school, job interviews, medical appointments, the grocery store, or religious services. Suspending driver’s licenses based on court-debt is an ineffective way to raise revenue and it entrenches low-income people into cycles of poverty, debt, and incarceration from which it is difficult to break free.

Ask your legislators to end this ineffective and unfair practice and to support HB 217.

Learn more about the bill here.

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Please support and vote yes on HB 217. Current Montana Law punishes the working poor with unnecessary driver’s license suspensions simply because they can’t afford to pay court-related debt.

Montana has a two-tiered justice system where rich and poor people with otherwise identical records receive different punishments.

Access to a valid driver’s license is essential in Montana to drive to and from work, school, job interviews, medical appointments, the grocery store, or religious services. Suspending driver’s licenses based on court debt is an ineffective way to raise revenue, and it entrenches low-income people into cycles of poverty, debt, and incarceration from which it is difficult to break free.

Every year about 10,000 Montanans have their licenses suspended because of unpaid court debt, even when they are too poor to pay. Please repeal the part of the law that permits driver’s license suspensions due to failure to pay court fines and fees.

Thank you for helping make Montana more fair for everyone.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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