Georgia Lawmaker: Let's Get Rid of Driver's Licenses

They take away our 'inalienable right' to travel, he says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 11:49 AM CST
A framed copy of the Ten Commandments sits on the desk of State Sen. Bobby Franklin following a legislative session at the Georgia Capital, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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(Newser) – Driver’s licenses—who needs ‘em? No one, according to a Republican lawmaker in Georgia. State Rep. Bobby Franklin is sponsoring the “Right to Travel Act,” a bill that says everyone has the “constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways”—and that, therefore, requiring drivers to be licensed infringes on that right. “Agents of the state demanding your papers,” Franklin explains to CBS Atlanta. “We’re getting that way here. … Why do you need to know who’s who” on the roads?

What about the problem of kids driving? Franklin answers that there’s nothing stopping them from driving now anyway. This isn’t the first weird bill Franklin’s behind, Talking Points Memo notes: He’s also introduced a bill that would require gold and silver to be used when paying debts to the state, a bill that would ban forced vaccinations, bills to do away with Georgia’s income tax and all property taxes, and one especially strange one that would guarantee everyone’s right to potentially harm another person.

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