Bill would ease penalties for driving without privileges

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Legislation to reduce several driving offenses from misdemeanors to infractions and make other changes eased at easing budget pressures counties are facing for jails and public defense was introduced this afternoon in the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, said, “This will take 7,000 misdemeanor cases out of the court system annually, while saving counties statewide over $9 million per year in the cost of incarceration, prosecution, and public defense.” Chaney is co-sponsoring the bill with Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston; Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise; and Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth. Under the bill, driving with an expired license would become an infraction on the first and second offenses, Chaney said; and driving with a...

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Bill would ease penalties for driving without privileges

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