Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Sims (Levin)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Motor
Vehicles and Traffic Regulations by a vote of 9 to 0.

This substitute allows the placement of a deaf or
hearing-impaired notation on a driver's license.  Anyone who is
deaf or hard of hearing may apply to the Department of Revenue
for the placement of a "J88" notation.  The code "J88" indicates
that the person is deaf or hearing-impaired and uses alternative
communication.  The department may develop rules regarding cost,
criteria, and the submission of medical proof.

The substitute also adds hearing instrument specialist to the
category of people who may certify that a person is deaf,
hearing-impaired, speech-impaired, or as having another
disability that causes the inability to use telecommunications
equipment and services.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Net Cost to Highway Funds of $15,750 in
FY 2002, $0 in FY 2003, and $0 in FY 2004.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that hearing-impaired persons should
be allowed to be identified on a driver's license.  This will
alert officers and lessen any confusion.

Testifying for the bill was Senator Sims.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Robert Triplett, Legislative Analyst

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