House tables English-only driver tests

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House put the brakes on a bill that would mandate Georgia driver's license exams for permanent residents be given only in English.

The House voted 115-50 on Wednesday to table the legislation after passing an amendment that effectively gutted the bill.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. James Mills, says the current policy of allowing drivers tests to be administered in 14 languages poses a safety hazard since road signs are printed in English. The bill makes an exception for immigrants in the country on temporary visas. But it places a 10-year limit on such temporary licenses.

Opponents says it could discourage foreign visitors and business from coming to Georgia. And they noted illiterate Georgians - who also cannot read road signs - may take the test orally.

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