Republican state Senator Karin Housley of St. Marys Point is proposing a bill in the next legislative session that aims to improve wait times for driver’s tests.

“We don’t have time to drive hours away for our daughter or son to get their driver’s test or to take a day off of work to sit in the line over there at the DPS.”

The bill would allow private behind-the-wheel instructors to become certified to administer driving tests. It comes in the wake of reports that students of some driving schools are given preference for taking driver’s tests, while others have to schedule months in advance at locations far from where they live.