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PIERRE – A measure that would set up a coordinated drivers’ education system with statewide standards for course content, instruction, testing and instructor certification has failed in the South Dakota House.

The bill was one of a handful to come out of the Task Force on Teen Driving Safety.

The Senate Transportation Committee last week attached a $50,000 appropriation to the bill, which forced sponsors to get a two-thirds vote. Two attempts to strip the appropriation failed, and the bill twice couldn’t garner two-thirds support.

Democratic Rep. Peggy Gibson of Huron argued that the federal government is providing money to hire a drivers’ education coordinator so the appropriation is unnecessary.

But Republican Rep. Lance Russell of Hot Springs says he’s concerned about sequestration and whether the money would be available.

South Dakota Lawmakers Look at Teen Driving Safety Measures

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