ATLANTA (AP) -- The Senate has voted to approve a measure that would require permanent residents of Georgia to take their driver's license exams in English.
The bill passed by a vote of 39-11. Sen. Jack Murphy, chairman of the public safety committee, says the proposal could be an incentive for immigrants living in Georgia to learn English and would give them a basic understanding of the language that is necessary while driving and during traffic stops.
Opponents say the bill is a hostile, anti-immigration measure that could hurt economic development in the state.
Currently, Georgia offers the driver's license test in 13 languages and will give the exam orally to anyone who is illiterate.
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