Pendleton Municipal Court Judge Blaine Clooten sits in his courtroom Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, as he prepares for the day’s hearings at Pendleton City Hall. His staff has fielded questions from people with suspended licenses regarding former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s order enabling reinstatement in some cases.

PENDLETON — Former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an order on Dec. 21 forgiving uncollected traffic fines and fees. This order enabled some suspended driver’s licenses to be reinstated. It affects nearly 7,000 Oregonians with legacy license suspensions imposed prior to passage of House Bill 4210 in 2020, eliminating debt-based license suspensions in future.

Blaine Clooten, attorney and Pendleton Municipal Court presiding judge, said he has been peppered with questions about possible reinstatement since the governor’s order.

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