Q: Has a bill been passed to change who sends abstracts of certain convictions or actions to the Department of Public Safety for the purpose of suspending driver's licenses?

A: Yes. House Bill 638, effective March 17, 2009 changes Section 63-1-51 to require the court clerk rather than the judge to send these abstracts. This means the judge will not have to sign the transmittal. This transmittal may be a hard copy of the court record or be electronic/computer generated.