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Lawmakers restore vision screenings for license renewals

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina lawmakers have passed legislation restoring mandatory vision screenings for drivers who renew their licenses.

The House voted 99-8 Tuesday to concur with a Senate amendment that would apply the new vision test. The bill, introduced in the House in January, is headed to Gov. Henry McMaster for his signature.

Drivers can waive the vision screening if they can provide a certificate of vision examination form from a certified ophthalmologist or optometrist if performed within a year and submitted electronically to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Supporters of the bill say mandating the vision exams will make South Carolina roads safer while critics say it will only make lines at the DMV longer.

The screenings are to begin on Oct. 1, 2020.

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