(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - House Bill 1036 (HB 1036) authored by Rep. John Ulmer (R-Goshen), concerning proof of motor vehicle financial responsibility, and House Bill 1113 (HB 1113), which increases the penalty for lying when applying for a birth certificate or altering a birth certificate, both passed out of the House today. HB 1036 received a vote of 91-1 and HB 1113 passed 96-0.
Under HB 1036, if a person does not have proof of financial responsibility at the time of their accident, the court could suspend or revoke the driver's license and or the vehicle registration These letters can be sent up to five years after the person was initially found to be without insurance.
HB 1036 would also allow authorities to randomly send letters to those who have been caught without insurance in the past, requiring them to prove they are currently insured. Those who are not insured at the time of the letter will have their licenses suspended. These letters can be sent up to five years after the person was initially found to be without insurance.
"This is another measure to encourage people to get car insurance," Rep. Ulmer said. "If you are in an car accident, through no fault of your own, you should not be stuck paying your repair bills. The driver at fault should be financially obligated to pay for some of your bills. Driving is a privilege, not a right."
HB 1113 would increase the penalty to a Class D felony, which is punishable with six months to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine. This bill would help deter illegal aliens from fraudulently obtaining a birth certificate and helping them stay in our country. Currently, it is a Class A misdemeanor for this violation.
"Birth certificate fraud has increased in recent years," stated Rep. Ulmer. "This bill just updates the criminal code to increase the penalty."
Rep. Ulmer encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841, or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.