House Panel Rejects Bad Driver Fees

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A House panel has rejected a proposal to impose fees on bad drivers.

The House Appropriations Committee on Friday night nixed the proposal Gov. Martin O’Malley included in his budget.

The proposal would have charged $100 per point on a driver’s license above five points for three years. It also would have charged a $500 fine each year for three years for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The fees would have raised an estimated $5 million in fiscal year 2012 and $8 million in fiscal year 2013.

The House Appropriations Committee is working late Friday on the governor’s budget legislation.

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