Committee: JudiciarySponsor: Pringle
Analyst: Pete GroganDate: 02/09/2021


House Bill 129 as introduced (1) repeals certain instances when an individualís drivers license may be suspended and (2) limits the Department of Human Resources (DHR), to only suspend an individualís drivers license for failure to pay child support, until federal law is amended and DHR receives a waiver from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. This bill also allows the Governor to take action necessary to opt out of the federal requirements to suspend or revoke a driversí license for drug convictions.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), based on calendar year 2019 collections, this bill would decrease reinstatement fee receipts annually as follows: $940,000 to the State General Fund (SGF), and $965,000 to the Public Safety Fund (PSF). Prior year collections were as follows: in 2018 collections were $1.9 million each to the SGF and PSF, respectively and in 2017 $3.1 million to the SGF and $3.4 million to the PSF.

Further, this bill could increase the administrative obligations of ALEA and the Alabama Supreme Court, by a small undetermined amount, to adopt rules to implement the provisions of this bill.

Finally, if the provisions of this bill are enacted without receiving a waiver from federal law, federal funds received by ALEA and the Alabama Department of Transportation could be decreased by a significant undetermined amount for each year the state is not in compliance with federal law.

Jim Hill, Chair