South Dakota lawmakers reject bill SB 117 to allow Spanish driver’s license tests

A bill that would have allowed South Dakotans to take a written driver’s license test in Spanish was defeated today 9 to 4 in Pierre.

“I am very disappointed that the bill didn’t pass today. I really had my hopes up we made it pretty far,” Supporter of Senate Bill 117, Alex Ramirez said.English will continue to be the one and only language for the South Dakota driver’s license written test. This bill was all to allow non-English speakers to safely and legally drive to work.

State representatives have rejected a bill that would have allowed driver’s license tests be taken in Spanish. Senator Reynold Nesiba said the main concern was that people should learn English first.