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House votes to end license suspensions for non-driving crimes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Pennsylvania drivers would no longer face a license suspension for non-driving related drug convictions and other crimes under a bill approved by the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 163 was sent to the Senate on Monday by a vote of 192-3.

The measure authored by Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) would remove the state-imposed driver’s license suspension for non-driving-related drug convictions, underage drinking, underage purchases of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, carrying a false ID, and failure to pay child support.

The bill would not remove mandatory license suspensions for crimes that occur while operating a vehicle, such as driving under the influence.

Saccone said the inability to drive takes away an offender's livelihood and the ability to provide for their families, and often leaves them no choice but to seek assistance through the welfare program.

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