Governor Vetoes Move to Make Driver’s Test English-Only

Denny Trease, WKYT-TV (Lexington, Kentucky), May 27, 2007

Governor Steve Beshear Wednesday reversed a decision by Kentucky State Police to start offering the written drivers license test only in English.

Kentucky had previously offered the test in 22 different languages.

KSP officials say to grade the old tests given in foreign languages, answer keys provided by translators had to be used, and the costs really added up. But even in these times of severe budget cuts, the governor couldn’t justify an English only test.

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Blanton [Jay Blanton, the governor’s spokesman] says, “Kentucky has a long standing tradition of being a very welcoming state. We’re seeking foreign investment in our state. We want people to come here from other countries to do business, and Gov. Beshear doesn’t want to detract from that.”

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