Ga. House tables English-only driver tests

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ATLANTA — The Georgia House today put the brakes on a bill that would require Georgia driver's license exams for permanent residents to be given only in English.

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

It pitted concerns about public safety on one side against worries about discrimination and economic development on the other.

Supporters of the bill — including sponsor state Rep. James Mills — said the current policy of allowing drivers tests to be administered in 14 languages poses a safety hazard since road signs are printed in English.

Mills said drivers must be able to read digital road signs that give text messages, not just recognizable symbols like the familiar red "Stop" sign.

"I want to make sure the driver behind my child in a school bus can read that sign," Mills said.

But opponents said that's xenophobic. They noted that illiterate Georgians — who presumably also cannot read digital road signs — can take the test orally.

"We cannot in good conscience legislate intolerance," state Democratic Rep. Pedro Marin, of Duluth, said.

Others — including Republicans — argued the GOP measure could harm the state's efforts to attract foreign visitors and economic development from abroad.

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badboytoys
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badboytoys 02/09/11 - 05:40 pm
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I say the 115 that voted to

I say the 115 that voted to stop this should be fired and better yet get them out of our country all togeather. That should go to show the public the Government has no intention on doing nothing at all about all the millions of illegals here. Just more smoke blowers robbing the American tax payer. Better yet why don't the IDIOTS in office just put up all the road signs in Spanish.Oh and don't worry the American tax payers will pick up the bill for that to. WHAT IDIOTS

fdn315
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fdn315 02/09/11 - 05:59 pm
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( 0_0) Just because you

( 0_0) Just because you don't speak English doesn't mean you're not an American. As a matter of fact we should change our national language (which we don't have) to American because this is America not England!!!
We are not a country of immigrants or imported slaves!!! We are a country that was created by the hands of God and everyone that disagrees with us disagrees with God and not only should they die but they shall burn in HELL!!!!

Drain Bamage
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Drain Bamage 02/09/11 - 06:24 pm
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I'm with you badboytoys...If

I'm with you badboytoys...If I moved to Mexico I'd bet USA's deficit that they wouldn't change their laws to suit me...As for fdn315...I'll help pay your airfare to send you back from wherever you hail from...In fact just let me know where out of this country you'd like to go and I'll have a ticket waiting for you at Bush Field...That'd probably save the American taxpayers a ton of money....

fdn315
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fdn315 02/09/11 - 06:53 pm
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It probably wouldn't... You

It probably wouldn't... You know what they say about assumptions lol

Drain Bamage
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Drain Bamage 02/09/11 - 06:56 pm
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fdn315....That's it...

fdn315....That's it...

clay
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clay 02/09/11 - 07:20 pm
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How true, when we go out side

How true, when we go out side the boarder we have to obey there laws,speak and read language or else. Goes too show who is running the big office.

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dougk 02/09/11 - 10:22 pm
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That's certainly not true,
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That's certainly not true, Clay. Have you ever been outside this country? And, by the way, apparently, you have not mastered the English language either. No license for you.

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