International driver bill on road to passage

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The House could vote Wednesday to repeal a new law that says international visitors need a special permit to drive in Florida, a law that particularly has caused confusion for Canadian snowbirds who converge on the state each winter.

House members took up the repeal measure (HB 7059) on Tuesday, preparing it for a vote. Repeal sponsor Daniel Davis said the law was approved last year to try to help law officers who handle traffic incidents involving international visitors. But he said it is important for the state’s economy to repeal the requirement, which said foreign visitors needed to get what are known as international driving permits before leaving their home countries. The Senate version of the bill (SB 1766) is scheduled to go before the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Senate President Don Gaetz said his chamber would take up the measure without much delay. “We certainly don’t want to discourage our Canadian visitors,” Gaetz said.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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