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INDIANAPOLIS | Polish-speaking Hoosiers soon will be able to take the Indiana driver's license test in their language, thanks in part to state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary.

In the next six months, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is set to begin offering a Polish version of its Operator Knowledge Test, in addition to the dozen other language options already available at the BMV's automated testing terminals.

Rogers said she urged the BMV to add Polish as a test language more than a year ago after she learned of several former residents of Poland, now living in Merrillville, who struggled to pass the English version of the test.

She initially proposed legislation (Senate Bill 342) that would have required the BMV offer driver's license tests in any language spoken by at least 4,800 Hoosiers, which includes Polish. That measure did not advance in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

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However, Rogers continued working with the BMV on the language issue during the summer and fall. She announced Monday the agency has agreed to include Polish in its next round of test language selections.

"This may seem like one small addition to their list of languages to some, but it means much more to my office and those in my district who will benefit from this new option," Rogers said.

Approximately 10 percent of Northwest Indiana residents speak a language other than English at home, according to the One Region community action organization.

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Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.