July 28, 2007
Governor Tim Kaine says that reimbursing those who have paid the state's new abusive driver fees is an option the General Assembly can consider in 2008.
Virginians statewide have responded with outrage to the "civil remedial fees" payable in three annual installments. Those can range from 750 dollars for driving with a suspended license to three thousand dollars for a driving-related felony.
Nonresidents are exempt from the fees.
The possibility of refunds is a trade-off that may help Kaine and other supporters of the fees resist calls for a special legislative session to repeal the law this year. Kaine favors mending its flaws after the regular 2008 legislature convenes in January.
Kaine says refunds are possible because the revenue from the fees has not been budgeted.