Senate backs driver's licenses for foster kids

By News Service of Florida
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved extending a program that helps foster children get driver's licenses.

The bill (SB 60), sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, would make permanent a pilot program that helps foster children pay for insurance and other costs related to getting driver's licenses.

Supporters of the bill say foster children often do not have family support to get licenses.

"Foster care kids are our kids. They are our kids," Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, said.

Bean said money to cover the costs of extending the 2014 pilot program is already built into the state budget.

"It's going to be a great day for our young drivers in the state of Florida," Bean said before senators voted.

The House version of the bill (HB 217), filed by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, and Rep. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, is ready to go to the House floor.

News Service of Florida