[lg policy] Kentucky Governor Beshear Reverses Language Policy For KSP Driver ’s Test (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 16:25:27 -0400
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Subject: [lg policy] Kentucky Governor Beshear Reverses Language Policy For KSP
     Driver’s Test

Beshear Reverses Language Policy For KSP Driver’s Test
Rick Howlett May 27, 2009, 1:12 pm

>>From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve
Beshear has quickly reversed a new policy requiring the state’s
written driver’s license test to be offered only in English.  Governor
Beshear says as soon as he learned of Kentucky State Police plans to
make the driver’s test English-only, effective June 1st, he
immediately ordered the policy reversed. Beshear says the policy
change was a mistake because Kentucky has always been a welcoming
state for foreigners, and it has paid off.

“We have been a state that assisted legal foreigners when they come
here to live and to work to adapt to our way of life and to be able to
get conveniences like driver’s licenses,” he said.  Therefore, Beshear
says the state will continue to offer the driver’s test in multiple
languages. Test upgrades and budgetary reasons were cited for the
policy change, but Beshear says the state will find a way to address
those issues.  Beshear says he remains confident in the management of


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