STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) — Legislation authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would help foster care children unanimously passed the Senate this week by a vote of 49-0.
Senate Bill 366 would allow foster care children between the ages of 16 and 18 obtain a driver’s license as well as complete a driving course with individuals approved by the Department of Children Services.
“Senate Bill 366 would help children who have been in and out of the foster-care system get a driver’s license,” Zay said. “Having a license would help them move into the next chapter of their lives, whether entering the workforce, joining the military or heading to college. My goal with this bill is help jumpstart the lives of these kids as they enter adulthood.”
SB 366 would also require a juvenile court to review each person to ensure he or she is ready to drive.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
Brady Hagerty, Senior Press Secretary