Lapsed insurance payment plan bill headed to governor's desk
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge lawmaker's bid to create payment plans for people struggling to pay lapsed car insurance fines is headed to the governor's desk.
With a 94-0 vote Tuesday, the House gave final passage to the bill from Democratic Rep. Denise Marcelle.
Louisiana law requires drivers to have insurance on their vehicles. Marcelle's bill outlines payment plans for drivers owing the Office of Motor Vehicles more than $250 in lapsed insurance fines.
The state can revoke licenses and seize bank accounts if fines remain unpaid.
Supporters say the payment plans will allow those who become insured to reclaim their revoked licenses while repaying their debts.
The OMV is currently owed more than $250 million in unpaid fines issued to thousands of drivers with lapsed coverage.