Colorado Learner's Permit Suit
Julie Barber is 15, with a learner's permit and a burning desire to get behind the wheel of a car.
But due to a combination of a recent change in state law and her mother's severe vision problems, she won't be driving anytime soon.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver, Barber and her mother contend they are victims of discrimination.
That's because the state requires a parent or guardian with a Colorado driver's license to be in the car with Julie. But her mother doesn't have a license, and state authorities are refusing to allow the Barbers to substitute another adult.
Marcia Barber, 50, contends Colorado Attorney General John Suthers suggested she assign legal guardianship of her daughter to someone else so the girl could drive, according to the lawsuit.