Alabama Senate passes driver's license office bill - Montgomery Alabama news.

Alabama Senate passes driver's license office bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has passed a bill requiring driver's license offices in the state to open at least one day a week.

The measure passed 21-3 Tuesday.

Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma sponsored the legislation. He says it will help people who live in rural counties.

The offices would have to open during regular business hours.

Sanders says a similar bill passed both the Senate and the House last year but was not signed by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The move comes months after a U.S. Department of Transportation agreement with the state to expand hours in the licensing offices. A 2015 federal investigation found that the closure of 31 part-time offices disproportionately hurt black Alabamans.

The bill will now move to the House.

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