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POSTED: March 30, 2009 5:30 p.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Legislature could soon require driver's license applicants to take the written portion of the test in English only.

The plan, which the House began debating Monday, would likely make Georgia the only state to have such a rule. The Senate has already adopted a similar version.

The exams are now conducted in about a dozen languages, including Spanish, Korean, Polish and Japanese.

Supporters of the changes contend that drivers should be proficient in English so they can read roadside signs and overhead warnings. But opponents say it is an anti-immigrant measure that would hurt Georgia's chances of attracting foreign investment.

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On the Net:

Senate Bill 67: http://www.legis.ga.gov


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

 

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