An effort to eliminate state funding for public driver’s education in Idaho will likely be abandoned this year.
The legislation was pulled from the Idaho House floor Monday, at the request of House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, after several lawmakers debated in opposition. Nonini says he doesn’t think lawmakers will take the measure up again in the 2011 session given time constraints.
Republican Rep. Steve Thayn, of Emmett, wants to end a $125 per student subsidy for public driver’s ed training and redirect that money back to the state. That would leave students or public schools to pick up the slack for the $325 courses.
Supporters say the move levels the playing field for private drivers ed businesses. But critics argued that many families cannot afford the increased costs. (AP)