LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, offered the following statement regarding Wednesday’s vote to repeal driver responsibility fees:
“Michigan residents who have been burdened with onerous driver responsibility fees will soon be able to put the debt behind them and get their driver’s license reinstated.
“Enacted in 2003 to help balance the state budget, the driver responsibility fees initiative has been a failed experiment. It has created havoc in people’s lives, including the loss of driving privileges and financial stress. The legislation passed today is a huge step in getting people back on their feet and ensuring they are able to have a better quality of life here in Michigan.”