Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is prepared to support legislation that would repeal the state's onerous (and ridiculous) abusive driver fees, according to the Washington Post. Included in the Post story are two paragraphs on the continuing efforts of one of the architects of the fees, Fairfax's Del. David Albo (R):
State auditors also found that the fees have not affected traffic safety and might not raise as much money as expected. Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), who sponsored the proposal for the fees, is pushing a bill to amend but not eliminate them.
Albo wants to apply the fees to out-of-state drivers as well as Virginians. He also wants to reduce the number of offenses covered by the fees and give judges more latitude on whether to suspend a license.
Although it's been reported in a number of outlets, notably Radley Balko at Reason's Hit and Run blog, the Post declines to mention that Albo has a Fairfax law practice which has a specialty in serious traffic violations, including DUI -- check out his the Albo & Oblon web site yourself, it's just a little ways down on the home page. You think that expanding the scope of the legislation and granting judges more latitude would help grow Albo's business?
And do you think the Post just maybe should have noted such an obvious conflict of interest? It's only a simple Google search away.