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Wisconsin Senate debates driver liability bill

  • Associated Press
  • March 11, 2014 - 9:10 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate has moved close to passing a bill that would limit parents' liability for young drivers.

Currently children under 18 need a parent or other adult sponsor to sign and verify their driver's license application. That makes the parents or sponsors liable for the driver's negligence or willful misconduct.

Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman's bill debated Tuesday would limit that liability to a total of $300,000. Current law has no limit on a parent's potential liability.

But Democratic Sen. Fred Risser objected, saying if liability is going to be capped the parent should be required to have at least that much insurance.

Democrats used a procedural move to block a vote on final passage until Wednesday.

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