Kansas bill would make it harder to suspend or revoke driving privileges


Kansas House Bill 2040 would amend which convictions can be counted against a defendant when determining whether or not to suspend or revoke driving privileges.

“HB 2040, as amended, would amend the law concerning driving while a person’s license is canceled, suspended, or revoked, the penalty for which is based on an individual’s previous convictions. The bill would provide that in sentencing, for the purposes of determining whether a conviction is a first, second, third, or subsequent conviction, only convictions occurring in the immediately preceding five years, including prior to July 1, 2015, would be taken into account. When a person’s license is canceled, suspended, or revoked because of test refusal or failure to maintain liability insurance coverage, on a third or subsequent conviction, only convictions occurring on or after July 1, 2001, would be taken into account. When a person’s license is canceled, suspended, or revoked because the person was convicted of murder or manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle or of being a habitual violator, on a third or subsequent conviction, all convictions occurring during the person’s lifetime would be taken into account.”

Full text of HB 2040

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