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Florida’s working familes are being left out of Florida's growth

Though Florida’s economy continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, Florida’s working families continue to be stunted by inflation and the high cost of living, exorbitant court fees and fines only compound their problems. Court-related debt can spiral into hundreds—if not thousands or even tens of thousands—of dollars. For the thousands of Floridian families who need every penny of their paycheck to pay for rent, food, medical bills, and childcare costs there is simply no way to pay these costs without sacrificing basic human necessities.

Fortunately, there are simple administrative changes that Florida can make to ensure working families are able to pay off any court-related debt without sacrificing basic needs or being dragged into inescapable debt. HB1111/SB1310 will allow judges to consider a person’s financial circumstances alongside fines and fees that are imposed on them, giving them discretion to reduce, waive, or convert court debt to community service. The bill will also clarify payment plan provisions, expand notification systems, and standardize driver’s license reinstatement fees across Florida.

Read our full bill fact sheet on HB1111/SB1310 here.

Resources for Advocates

HB1111/SB1310 Bill Fact Sheet (2024)

Stepping on the Gas: Accelerating Florida’s Growth by Restoring the Freedom to Drive

Dreams Deferred: The Impact of Juvenile Fees On Florida’s Youth, Families, and Future

Driving on Empty: Florida’s Counterproductive and Costly Driver’s License Suspension Practices

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