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Snowmachine and off-road vehicle license bill passes Senate

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill removing a requirement that people have a license to drive snowmachines and other off-road machines passed the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill, which passed the Senate 18-2, would repeal a requirement that hasn't been enforced and that most Alaskans didn't know existed until this year.

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation said earlier this year they had only recently become aware of the law. They produced a brochure listing the license requirement, which led to news coverage and caused some parents to be alarmed that their children were violating the law.

The minimum age for a driver's license in Alaska is 16. A person can get a learner's permit at 14, but the permit requires supervision by a licensed driver.

The measure also makes clear that drivers licenses are not required for other off-road vehicles or watercraft.

The measure could come up for reconsideration Thursday. If the outcome does not change, it will go back to the House for consideration of changes made since the measure passed the House earlier this year.

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-- The measure is House Bill 397.



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