Statebillnews, February 8, 2010, Denver –- Representative Sara Gagliardi’s (D-Arvada) bill to help foster kids get a driver’s license easier, successfully passed a final reading in the House today 63-0, with 2 excused.
Currently, Colorado teens in the foster care system face barriers in getting their licenses because they cannot provide the signature of a legal guardian. House Bill 1059 allows kids in the foster care system to easily register for driver’s education and apply for their learner’s permits. The measure would allow foster kids to sign for themselves when registering for driver’s education.
“I’m thrilled this bill passed in the House and look forward to its success in the Senate. This bill represents a minor fix to an issue that affects a lot of children’s lives. The kids in our foster care system face enough hurdles in life, so I’m pleased that I can help make their lives a little easier,” said Rep. Gagliardi.
The bill is sponsored by Linda Newell (D-Arapahoe County).
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Thirty-seven Democrats comprise the majority of Colorado’s 65-member House of Representatives. Leadership for the 67th General Assembly includes Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll; Majority Leader Paul Weissmann; Speaker Pro Tempore Buffie McFadyen, Assistant Majority Leader Andy Kerr, Caucus Chair Karen Middleton and Majority Whip Christine Scanlan. Current and past House proceedings can be seen on Comcast Channel 165 or at www.coloradochannel.net.
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Tumbleweed (not verified) said:
I work with all counties in CO, taking in children from all over CO, but there is one county that refuses to let their fosterchildren get their learners permits, even if I agree to be responsible for them. Any ideas on how to change this? Thanks