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Judge not inclined to dismiss Hawaii license suit

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge says she's not inclined to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Hawaii discriminates against those with limited English skills by making it difficult for them to obtain a driver's license.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway says in court documents that the allegations are thin but sufficient enough at this stage of litigation.

Mollway issued her inclinations ahead of a Monday hearing on the state's motion to dismiss the case.

The lawsuit filed last year by Faith Action for Community Equity was based on Hawaii's English-only policy for obtaining driver's licenses. The state argues the lawsuit should be dismissed now that the Department of Transportation began offering the test in various languages last month.

Attorneys on both sides declined to comment until after the hearing.

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