From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 26, 1973:
The bill requiring Kansas drivers to pass a vision test and an open-book written exam when applying for license renewals cleared the Kansas House today, 86-34. The bill was on its way back to the Senate, where it had passed earlier but was now up for consideration of a House amendment allowing Kansans outside the United States to apply for renewals by mail. Everyone else, however, would be required to apply in person. With $6.8 million in federal highway funds in the balance, the bill was designed to bring Kansas into compliance with federal highway safety regulations. Several House members said this week that they did not think the bill went far enough in strengthening the state's highway safety measures. Rep. Keith Farrar, R-Hugoton, said that there was "more of a problem from the half-drunk driver than from the half-blind driver."