Senate Bill 986 – the measure which would cut drastically cut the
fine for rolling right turns in Barstow and Apple Valley – appears
to be stuck in committee.
Although it flew through the State Senate on a unanimous vote, Senator
Ben Allen’s bill got a very chilly reception in the State Assembly.
It’s been passed between committees for the last two months, and
in early August, the Appropriations Committee placed
S.B. 986 in the dreaded suspension file. The measure has drawn some criticism lately
because it seemingly rewrites the definition of “stop,” and
that backlash may explain the lack of progress.
There are no more hearing dates scheduled this session, which ends on August 31.
Another reason behind the sudden lack of interest in this measure is that
it will cost state and local governments a lot of money, especially in
places like Bakersfield that still use red light cameras, because it reduces
the total bail fee (fines plus penalty assessments) for some
VC 21453 (running a red light) infractions from $470 to $230.
Faced with such a steep revenue drop, the state would probably be forced
to look at tax increases to fill in the gap, and that’s a politically
unpopular move that no one wants to make. It’s much easier to unilaterally
raise penalty assessments, declare a budgetary emergency and redirect
the money collected
to the general fund.
Because the bulk of these fees go to Sacramento, local prosecutors are
often willing to reduce the penalty assessments in exchange for a guilty
plea, but it takes a savvy attorney to engineer such an arrangement.
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