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State Supreme Court Upholds Multiple-Language Driver Exams

By Associated Press

Montgomery, AL – A sharply divided Alabama Supreme Court turned back a group seeking to end Alabama's practice of giving the driver license exam in several foreign languages.

Attorneys representing members of the ProEnglish organization argued that only English should be used because of the state constitution designates English as Alabama's official language. Gov. Bob Riley and state Attorney General Troy King opposed their efforts.

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision saying the ProEnglish group presented no evidence that administering the test in multiple languages diminished English as Alabama's common language.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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