Bill Summary for S 596 (2021-2022)

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Apr 7 2021

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Senate Bill 596 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 6, 2021
AN ACT TO REVISE THE LAWS GOVERNING THE REVOCATION OF DRIVERS LICENSES FOR FAILURE TO PAY A FINE, PENALTY, OR COURT COSTS AND TO REQUIRE A STUDY OF VARIOUS RELATED MATTERS.
Intro. by J. Jackson.

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Amends GS 20-24.1 to no longer require the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to revoke a person's drivers license when a person charged with a motor vehicle offense fails to pay a fine, penalty, or court costs. Makes conforming changes. Amends GS 20-24.2 to no longer require the court to report to the DMV when a person charged with a motor vehicle offense fails to pay a fine, penalty, or costs within 40 days of the date specified in the court's judgment.

Enacts GS 20-24.3 requiring a civil judgment to be entered when a person has failed to pay a fine, penalty, or costs within 40 days of the date specified in the court's judgment. Sets the judgment amount as the total money value of outstanding fines, penalties, or costs; cancels the judgement when full payment is made. 

The above provisions are effective July 1, 2021.

Requires DMV and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts to study (1) whether any legislative changes are needed to ensure that licenses previously suspended for failure to pay a fine, penalty, or court costs are returned or restored and (2) whether Section 3 (enacting new GS 20-24.3) should be retroactive and made applicable to all unpaid fines, penalties, or costs. Requires a report to the specified NCGA committees by December 1, 2021.

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