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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Driver's Ed Bill Goes Back For More Work

A bill to eliminate state funding for public driver’s education classes was pulled from the Idaho House floor after several lawmakers debated in opposition.

The House voted yesterday to send the legislation back to the House Education Committee for more work.

Emmett Republican Rep. Steve Thayn says the state should end a $125 per student subsidy for public driver’s ed programs and redirect that money back to the state. That would force either students or schools to pick up the slack for the courses, which cost roughly $325. The schools have their own problems so it's doubtful they're going to take the burden.

Supporters of the bill contend state support for public driver’s ed creates an uneven playing field with private driver’s ed businesses. But the debate on the House floor was that many families can't afford the increased cost.

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