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Texas Lawmakers Consider Eliminating Fees for DWI Convictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State lawmakers are considering eliminating a program that has required Texas drivers charged with offenses including DWI and no insurance to pay surcharges.

Since nearly 60 percent of those who got the surcharges - about 1.2 million drivers - are unwilling or unable to pay, Texas has offered an amnesty program beginning in January that allows those drivers who are delinquent a chance to settle up by paying 10 percent of the amount owed on all surcharges.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Senate Criminal Justice Committee has called for eliminating the Driver Responsibility Program.

Those who are delinquent in payments of the surcharges owe the state more than $1.1 billion.

The amnesty plan has angered some Texans who have paid the surcharges.

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