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Council President Hardin Headed to Statehouse to Advocate for Driver’s License Reinstatement Affordability

Ohio Senate considering measure to lessen fees relating to driver's license reinstatement

Council President Shannon G. Hardin

January 21, 2020

Senate Finance Committee Room
Ohio Statehouse

This afternoon, Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin will provide testimony in support of HB 285, Establish Driver's License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction Program. The legislation is pending before the Local Government, Public Safety and Veteran Affairs Committee in the Ohio Senate.  

"I believe HB 285 takes a strong step to level the transportation barrier and helps to pave the way to self-sufficiency," said President Hardin. "This legislation would open up the door for folks to live better lives, with access to jobs, education and healthcare options."  

Over one million Ohioans have suspended driver's licenses, often relating to non-driving offenses, which can keep folks off the road and out of good-paying jobs. During a six-month pilot program in 2019, almost 77,000 Ohioans utilized the license reinstatement fee amnesty program. 

To read a copy of President Hardin's prepared remarks, click here.