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Logbooks for teen drivers?

Posted at 4:42 PM on April 24, 2008 by Michael Marchio

In HF3800, that omnibus transportation policy bill the House is debating, there's another provision that seems like it might draw the governor's ire if this thing passes.

It would require parents, guardians or family members over 21 to keep a logbook or schedule attesting that a minor applying for a driver's license drove at least 50 hours, 10 of which were night-time hours. If the logbook is found to be falsified, then the supervisor would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Under current law, parents or guardians need to drive with their kids for at least 30 hours, but don't need to keep any kind of record of it. As you might guess, a lot of lawmakers felt this was the nanny state gone wild. I'll have it posted on VoteTracker if you want to see how yours felt.

Another part of the bill would make provisional license holders, meaning those under 18, only allowed to have one passenger under the age of 20 in the car with them for the first six months of having a license. They also could not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless driving to work, school or a school event during the first six months. After the first six months, they could have three passengers in the car. Family members were exempted from this, and it does not apply if a parent or guardian is in the car with them.

Rep. Torrey Westrom offered an amendment to kill both the provisions, but it was rejected. It was actually split into two amendments. Check VoteTracker to see what your lawmakers did.

On these libertarian-inspired amendments, you always get some crossover in the chamber. Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud) supported the new policies and Rep. Tom Rukavina (Virginia) and Rep. David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake) opposed them.

The House is taking a much deserved dinner break right now, but check back tomorrow for an update on your teams.