After heated debate and personal testimony the House passes a bill requiring drivers to take driving tests in English.
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After heated debate and personal testimony the House passes a bill requiring drivers to take driving tests in English.

Date: February 20, 2012
By: Danielle Carter
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1186 and the roll call.

Intro: 
A bill requiring Missourians to take driver's exams only in English has been given preliminary approval by the House.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The House heard both personal testimony and heated debate from Representatives in relation to a bill requiring English only driver's examinations.

Missouri currently provides the tests in 12 languages.

Democratic Representative Sylvester Taylor from St. Louis County voiced his disappointment with the Department of Revenue.

Actuality:  TAYLOR.WAV
Run Time:  00:06
Description: "Why don't we let them do what they're supposed to do? We let teachers teach, they should be in charge of administering the test."

The House gave the bill preliminary approval with a vote of 91 to 59.  It will still need to be third read and passed before moving to the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.


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