American Indians would be able to include that racial designation on their driver's licenses under a bill that passed the Senate Transportation Committee Friday.
Rep. Charles Graham, a Lumberton Democrat and the only American Indian legislator, is sponsoring the bill. The licenses would include the appreviation "AI," instead of "I" for Indian on current licenses.
Legislative staff estimates the change would cost about $87,000 to implement because computer systems would need to be changed. American Indians would not be required to list their race on driver's licenses unless they choose to.
The Senate Transportation Committee also deleted much of a House bill involving antique cars and replaced it with a bill that would update record-keeping requirements for auto dealers. The dealers would be allowed to keep records of sales in electronic form; they're currently required to maintain paper records.