Friday, April 27, 2007

Rep. Jason Grill’s Driver’s License Bill Passes in the House by a Unanimous 154-0 Vote and Senate Transportation Committee Approves Unanimously

Jefferson City - Missourians serving in the military and deployed overseas would have an easier time renewing or replacing a driver’s license under legislation sponsored by Rep. Jason Grill, D-Parkville, and approved by the House. The legislation received strong bipartisan support and passed the House by a unanimous vote of 154-0.

The legislation (HB 933) states that an application for a driver’s license or renewal would be sufficient when signed by person who holds a general power of attorney executed by the currently deployed member of the U.S. Armed Forces, if the applicant meets all other requirements set by the director. This will help streamline the renewal process and make situations less complicated for families and individuals with loved ones deployed throughout the world.

“As a freshman legislator and a member of the minority party I knew it would be difficult to get legislation passed this session,” said Rep. Grill, the only Democrat freshman legislator to pass a bill and one of only two other members of the minority party to do so this session at the time.

“However, the overwhelming support of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle made the process smoother. The end result is that we were able to pass good legislation that is the right thing to do for the brave men and women who serve our country overseas.” "As a mainstream member of the House, I have always tried to build bridges across the aisle in order to help all Missourians," said Rep. Grill

After the HB 933 was passed in the House it moved to the Senate where the Transportation Committee voted unanimously in favor of the legislation. “I’ve been fortunate to have strong support from legislators from both parties in the House and that bipartisan support has continued in the Senate. I am hopeful we will see this bill signed into law in the near future," said Rep. Grill.