State lawmakers oppose amnesty program for drivers

State lawmakers are debating ways to recover $1.2 billion the state is owed in motor vehicle surcharges, including going after drivers who aren?t paying.

Some residents believe that an amnesty program will work, thereby allowing the state to recoup some of the surcharges.

?The amnesty isn't fair but [it's] a smart decision,? said Jason Rivers. ?The economy as a whole benefits from people able to drive."

State lawmakers oppose the plan because they say it sends the wrong message to drivers who should pay the amount they owe.

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