March 14, 2019

Augustine Introduces Legislation to Assist Victims of Theft

In a Thursday afternoon hearing of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Senator Malcolm Augustine (District 47 – Prince George’s County) detailed his proposed legislation (Senate Bill 887) that seeks to provide victims of theft with a free duplicate driver’s license if they present a police report of the theft. Currently victims of robbery or theft are required to report and replace their driver’s licenses and subsequently charged a $20 duplicate license fee. Senate Bill 887 does away with that fee.

Describing the legislation, Augustine stated: “This is the case of a person that has been the victim of a robbery or theft and in the process of that happening their license was taken.” He followed: “This would just be a good relief for some people that just says ‘hey listen’ if you present that documentation of a police report that suggests that you have been a victim of a robbery or theft, that we will wave that fee for a duplicate license.”

“These people have been victimized already,” Augustine stated. “This is well worth it for these people that have been put in such a tough situation,” he concluded.

Senator Augustine is the sole Senate sponsor of the legislation. Senate Bill 887 is cross-filed in the House of Delegates as House Bill 146 which is sponsored by Delegate Diana Fennell (District 47A – Prince George’s County).

Having now been heard in its committee of origin, Senate Bill 887 awaits a vote of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. House Bill 146 has successfully passed the House of Delegates and now also awaits consideration in the Judicial Proceedings Committee. No additional hearing information for House Bill 146 is available at this time.

All legislation must successfully pass both the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates by Sine Die on Monday, April 8th to be sent to Governor Hogan to be approved or vetoed.