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Michigan’s Secretary of State’s office has lost another round in court over suspending the driver’s licenses. 

The state wanted a delay on a ruling that blocked the state from suspending the driver’s licenses of motorists who are unable to pay their traffic fines.

U.S. District Judge Linda Parker issued a preliminary injunction on December 14.

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Last night a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the Michigan Secretary of State’s office from suspending the driver’s licenses of people unable to pay their traffic tickets and associated charges.

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Judges are required to suspend your driver's license if you're unable to pay court debts in Michigan, one of just five states to do that, according to a new report. 

The Legal Aid Justice Center's nationwide report says the practice unfairly punishes poor people by taking away their ability to drive legally. Some states are beginning to rethink this practice.

According to the report, about 100,000 people in Michigan currently have their licenses suspended for inability to pay court fees.

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Michigan is set today to start issuing driver's licenses that residents eventually will need to board domestic flights if they don't have passports or other accepted documents.

New ID standards were created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Starting in October 2020, compliant driver's licenses or state IDs will be needed to fly or to visit federal buildings, nuclear plants and military bases unless other acceptable documents are provided.

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Michigan has revised its policy for changing a person’s gender on a state driver’s license or identification. 

Until last week, the Secretary of State’s Office required an amended birth certificate. Now Michigan will also accept a U.S. passport or a court order.

According to Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the change makes it easier for transgender people – but doesn’t go far enough.