Senate OKs Bill Restricting Kan. Driver's Licenses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Senators approve a bill raising the age for obtaining an unrestricted Kansas driver's license to 17 from the current 16.

Thursday's vote of 35-5 sends the bill to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for her signature. If the measure is penned into law, Kansas would join 48 states in having a graduated driver's license law.

The bill would keep the state's current practice of allowing teens to get a farm permit or learner's permit at 14. A learner's permit allows someone to drive if they are accompanied by an adult.

The bill would require people to have such permits for a year - instead of the current six months - before obtaining a nonrestricted license. The state would keep its current policy of allowing a 15-year-old with an unrestricted license to drive unsupervised to and from school and work.

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