Statement of Virginia Poverty Law Center: On Governor Northam’s announcement to end automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid court debt

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

CONTACT: Christie Marra
[email protected]
(804) 615-8150

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Poverty Law Center applauds Governor Northam’s amendment of the state budget to end the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid court debt. The Governor’s budget amendment is the final step in a multi-year advocacy effort led by Senator Bill Stanley and the Legal Aid Justice Center. Through tenacity, savvy, and their ability to bring together a diverse group of supportive stakeholders including Americans for Prosperity and the ACLU, Senator Stanley and LAJC made this change possible. We are proud to have worked with them to put an end to this counterproductive practice.

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The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and nonpartisan organization with a mission to provide leadership, support, training, public education, and advocacy to address the civil legal needs of Virginia’s low-income population. Since 1978, VPLC has worked with clients and lobbied the General Assembly in the fields of economic justice, building healthy communities, and family advocacy. By providing quality legal services to those who need them most, VPLC aims to break the cycle of systemic poverty in Virginia by ensuring that the rights of their clients will be protected.

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