State lawmakers are considering a bill designed to cut down on wait times for driver’s tests. Republican state Senator Karin Housley of St. Marys Point says her bill would allow private, third party behind-the-wheel instructors to administer driving tests. Testifier Tracy Tobert is a mom who says she had trouble getting an appointment for her daughter …

“We live in St. Paul and we ended up getting a drivers test in Ortonville, Minnesota which is 180 miles from here and a 3.5-hour drive.”

Tobert supports the bill. But Pat Benner with AFCSME Council 5 opposes it and said…

“We believe that allowing third parties to administer these driver’s exams could lower the standards and increase the costs for Minnesotans to take their tests.”

The proposal comes in the wake of reports last summer that students of some driving schools were given preference for taking driver’s tests while other students resorted to camping outside testing centers to secure a testing spot in the face of exorbitant wait times.