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House Bill 433 — Family law, restricted license

House Bill 433 — Family law, restricted license

Parrish Miller
February 11, 2020

Bill description: HB 433 allows someone who has lost his driver's license for non-payment of child support to be granted a temporary license.

Rating: +1

Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for nonviolent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?

In Idaho, the driver’s license of anyone who is behind on making child support payments may be suspended. This government policy has had the predictable consequence of making people who are already struggling to make court-ordered payments unable to keep a job.

HB 433 proposes a half measure to ameliorate some of the damage caused by this policy. It allows someone dealing with a family law license suspension to receive a temporary restricted driver's license if a court is satisfied, after receiving a petition, that a license is needed to earn money to meet child support obligations.

Under the legislation the temporary license must specify the times, days, and geographic areas it can be used in, as well any other restrictions a court may impose. If the person who holds this license violates any of the restrictions, the state will revoke it.


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