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Rhode Island considers driver's education for teens' parents

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Parents of teenagers learning how to drive would have to take their own driver's education class under a proposal being considered by Rhode Island lawmakers.

The state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday. It would mandate a free course for parents or guardians of drivers under 18 years old. Parents with multiple children wouldn't have to take the class more than once in a 5-year period.

AAA Northeast is backing the bill, which was introduced by Democratic House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi. The legislation describes the organization as a possible course provider.

Massachusetts and Connecticut have required such classes for about a decade. Rhode Island's proposal offers the option of taking it online.

The House passed a similar bill last year that stalled in the Senate.

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