Adult Sponsor of a Minor Applicant for a Driver’s License

Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) have introduced legislation, SB 408/AB 540, which would limit the liability that may be imputed to an innocent parent or other adult who sponsors a person under the age of 18 in obtaining a motor vehicle operator’s license.

Status

The Senate bill was introduced and referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on December 3, 2015. A public hearing was held on December 16, 2015.  An executive session to hold a committee vote on the bill was held on January 7, 2016, where the committee recommended the bill for passage on a 3-2 vote. The bill was passed by the Senate via voice vote on January 20. The bill was passed by the Assembly by a voice vote on February 11. Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 202 on March 2, 2016.

The Assembly bill was introduced and referred to the Committee on Judiciary on November 24, 2015. A public hearing was held on December 10, 2015. The bill was passed out of committee on a 6-3 vote. With the Senate bill signed into law, the Assembly bill will be laid on the table when the legislature adjourns for 2016.

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