Rep. Bryant Passes Legislation to Help Cut Costs for Widows/Widowers

Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) received unanimous support from the House Transportation Vehicles & Safety Committee Wednesday for  legislation she is sponsoring to help widows and widowers deal with expensive transfers of car titles. Bryant says this legislation was drafted at the request of a constituent who experienced the hardship upon the death of her husband.

“I am proud to have received unanimous support for this bill. I introduced HB 3797 to help cut down on the expensive transfer of a vehicle title when someone’s spouse dies. Right now, this costs the surviving spouse $95. When we add an amendment to this legislation a littler later in the process, that fee will drop down to $15, making it much more affordable,” Bryant said.

Bryant says she will now focus on pushing the measure through the House and Senate and ultimately to the Governor’s desk. 

“This legislation offers a much needed cut to costs experienced by individuals dealing with the death of a spouse,” Bryant said. “It also responds to a specific concern expressed by a constituent. As legislators, I think we have a responsibility to be proactive when constituents come to us with a hardship.”

HB 3797 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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