- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A bill that would end automatic driver’s license suspensions of up to five years for people convicted of less serious drug offenses in Massachusetts has landed on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

The Legislature on Thursday gave final approvals to the measure. Votes in both chambers were unanimous.

The current law stems from a 1980s-era get-tough approach to illegal drugs, but critics say it makes it more difficult for offenders who have completed their sentences to get jobs and avoid a return to drugs.

The bill also waives a $500 reinstatement fee that drug offenders had to pay to get their licenses back.

Judges could still suspend the licenses of people convicted of serious drug trafficking crimes.

Baker, a Republican, has said in the past he agrees with the concept of the bill.

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