Missouri House Passes Bill for English-Only Driver Exams

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London taxi drivers support the bill.
Here's the predictable (and pathetic) follow-up to an issue we wrote about last month.

By a vote of 102 to 56, the Missouri House yesterday passed a bill requiring that state driver license exams only be administered in English. Currently, Missouri allows the test to be taken in eleven different languages.

Although Daily RFT tends to disagree with state representative Mike Talboy when it comes to his effort to do away with midwifery in Missouri, the Democrat from Kansas City nailed it on the head yesterday when he said of the driver-license proposal:
This bill is xenophobic...This is about people who are here legally. And, we're going to go after them now, because quite frankly we're running out of groups to pick on now.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where one expects that the right-wingers there will attempt to make the bill even more English by requiring Missourians to drive on the left side of the road.
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Brian
Brian

Can Missouri separate into two different states yet?

Kitty
Kitty

what percentage of traffic signs even contain text at all?! the graphic standards for traffic signs are internationally recognized: a red octagon means the same thing in every language.

Dfarnsworth65
Dfarnsworth65

Hip hip, hooray! One small step for Missourians........

John
John

I love the arguments that it is about being able to read street signs -- when anyone who can read a language using Roman/Latin letters can read a street sign. If I'm looking for Hola street in Spain, I don't have to be literate in Spanish.

If it were about understanding street signs, Missouri would have to stop accepting International Drivers Permits of foreign travelers visiting our state. And start requiring Missourians who wish to obtain an IDP to pass language tests for any country they wished to visit.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

make the bill even more English

If they do that, none of the no one south of the Meramec River would be able to be able to read the test.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

Dammit..."no one south of the Meramec River..."

Ara
Ara

Don't you hate when you are trying to make a smarta$$ comment and fail? Worst feeling in the world.

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