TN Bill to Require Driver's Exams in English

Nashville, TN – A proposal that would require all drivers' license exams be given in English is advancing in the Tennessee House. The measure sponsored by Republican Reprsentative Eric Watson went to the House Finance Committee Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee.

Watson says individuals who can prove they're legally in the state on business would be exempt. He says the provision is to prevent interference with companies moving into the state like the German automaker Volkswagen, which is building an assembly plant in Chattanooga.

Watson, a deputy sheriff, said critics of the measure say it's about immigration, but he says "it's about safety."