As Amended by Senate Committee on

Transportation and Tourism


S.B. 417, as amended, relates to drivers' licenses. The bill:


S.B. 417, as introduced, was requested by the American Automobile Association. As introduced, the bill would have required drivers under 17 years of age with a restricted Class C or Class M license or holders of a farm permit to provide a signed affidavit from either parent or guardian stating that the applicant had completed at least 50 hours of actual driving with ten of those hours being at night. Other changes would have:

Conferees who testified in support of the bill, as introduced, included: an attorney of Federico Consulting; the spokesperson of the American Automobile Association; a private citizen from Wichita; a physician from the University of Kansas Medical Center; a student from Hayden High School; and the spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Conferees who appeared in opposition included the spokesperson for Kansas Farm Bureau and two private citizens, one from Shawnee and another from Topeka.

The Committee also received testimony from three law enforcement officers who testified about a current statutory provision which prohibits persons with restricted licenses from operating a vehicle with nonsibling minor passengers. These officers included the Shawnee County Sheriff, a Sergeant with the Topeka Police Department, and the Chief of Police of Silver Lake.

A fiscal note is not available for the amended version of S.B. 417.

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