Spanish driver’s license test gets boost from South Dakota senators (SB117)

A driver’s license bill that Sioux Falls business leaders say will help the city’s workforce received support from senators on Wednesday morning.

Senate Bill 117, which would allow the state to administer the driver’s license written test in Spanish, passed the Senate Transportation Committee in a 5-1 vote. However, senators said the discussion on the topic should continue because the bill may not be the best solution given the growing language diversity in the state.

The Sioux Falls and Rapid City Chambers of Commerce, as well as building and health industry representatives, urged the committee to pass the bill because the state’s English-only test is hampering business’ ability to hire potential employees in the state’s increasingly diverse population.