Q May a judge suspend the $100 fine imposed under Section 63-15-4 with regard to proof of insurance?

A Yes. The sentence “the fine shall be reduced to One Hundred Dollars ($100.00),” which had been interpreted as removing judicial discretion (Opinion to Lawrence, February 9, 2001), was removed from 63-15-4 by HB 325 in 2018. According to the Attorney General’s Opinion to Barrett, August 31, 2018, the Lawrence Opinion is withdrawn, and a municipal or justice court judge has the authority to suspend the fine imposed by Section 63-15-4.