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English-only driver's test proposed in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia would require that new drivers take a
written license test in English under a bill being considered by
state lawmakers.

The proposal has some employers and immigrant advocates worried
it would keep people unfamiliar with the language from being able
to work. Georgia is believed to be the only state that would have a
law requiring that drivers take the written test in English without
a translator or other aid. Versions of the bill have passed both
chambers of the Legislature, and lawmakers are trying to hash out
differences before the session ends tomorrow.

Supporters say it is a public safety measure because drivers
need to be able to read English to understand roadside signs and
warnings. Opponents argue that the measure unfairly targets
immigrants and may violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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