A new House Bill proposed by Representative Coleman affects the surcharges assessed on those convicted of DWI. Right now, if you are convicted of DWI first, you owe the state $3,000 over 3 years just to keep your driving privledges.
The bill seems to say that the 3,000 is now a maximum surcharge, instead of it being the automatic surcharge. It would be based now on the "seriousness of the charge, the amount necessary to deter future violations, and an amount that maximizes collection."
I like the idea of this, except it doesnt seem to really say who determines how much the amount is, and why! Nor does it seem to give you any kind of due process, like a hearing to present to a judge or magistrate why you think your surcharge should be less. Basically it seems like a proposal with no teeth.