Connecticut bill seeks more languages for driver’s test

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a bill that could potentially expand the number of language offerings for Connecticut’s driver’s license exam.

Waterbury Sen. Joan Hartley has proposed legislation requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to use U.S. Census data on a regional basis to determine which languages to offer. She said there’s been a growing influx of Albanian immigrants in the Waterbury area and they don’t have the option to take the exam in Albanian.

Hartley said DMV currently uses statewide Census data to determine which languages to offer.

On Monday, Hartley told the Transportation Committee about an Albanian woman who took the test five times before she could finally pass, due to the language barrier. During that time, she could only get work at a job she could walk to.

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