Thursday, the bill (SB 60) sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, that makes permanent a pilot project giving foster youth the opportunity to get driver’s licenses was passed unanimously by the Florida Senate. The bill makes the 2014 pilot program that reimburses fosters parents or children for driver’s education, licenses fees, and insurance permanent. Senator Bean said money for the program is already in the base budget which helps cover these costs. “It’s going to be a great day for our young drivers in the state of Florida,” Bean said.
Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, and Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, praised the bill. “Foster care kids are our kids. They are our kids,” Rader said. Senators voted 37-0 to approve the bill.
The House bill (HB 217) will be filed by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, and Rep. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula