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Expressing opposition to the enactment or enforcement in Texas of a law, under a federal mandate, that automatically suspends the driver's license of an individual who is convicted of certain offenses.
HCR 4 would declare the Legislature’s opposition to the federal law encouraging each state to automatically suspend the driver’s licenses of those convicted of drug offenses. Such a declaration, along with a written statement of the Governor’s opposition and a corresponding bill, would permit Texas to opt out of the federal law.
Texas Action supports HCR 4 because it would advance individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. Texas law requires automatic driver’s license suspension for individuals convicted of any drug offense, regardless of its relationship to driving. HCR 4 would be a step toward eliminating this policy which limits the liberty of offenders beyond their original conviction and prevents them from providing for their families.