- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A leading advocate for low-income Vermonters is hailing Gov. Peter Shumlin’s signing of a law designed to make it easier for many suspended drivers to get their licenses back.

Lawyer Christopher Curtis of Vermont Legal Aid urged passage of the law, based on pilot driver restoration days last year in Chittenden and Windsor counties.

The new law will dismiss any tickets prior to 1990. Tickets incurred prior to 2012 will qualify for a three-month restoration program this fall for all eligible Vermonters at $30 per ticket.

Curtis says the ability to pay off fines at a fraction of their face value will enable thousands of low-income Vermonters to get back in the social mainstream in a state with limited mass transit.

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