It is possible that Congress could decide this year to repeal on old federal law designed to persuade states to suspend the driving privileges of convicted drug offenders.
Earlier last week, Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas introduced a piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate a U.S. statute created to sabotage the highway funding of any state that does not revoke the driver’s licenses of people found guilty of drug-related offenses.
The proposal, aptly deemed the “Better Drive Act,” would “ensure that American who have drug convictions can — after paying the price, doing the time, going through the legal process — can get back on their feet, find a job, pursue their education, be productive members of society,” O’Rourke said in a recent YouTube video.
O’Rourke’s goal is to do away with the federal government’s suspension provision, which can leave drug offenders without a means of transportation for as many as six months, in an effort to prevent these people from returning to their old behavior instead of getting their lives back on track.
“In many instances we find people going back and making…