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School Enrollment Required for Underage Drivers

Date: February 26, 2008
By: Erika Navarrete
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 2078

Intro: Kids would have to stay in school in order to obtain a drivers license under a measure presented to the House Urban Education Committee on Tuesday. 

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from Jefferson City.

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The bill would prohibit the Revenue Department from issuing drivers licenses to anyone under the age of 18 not enrolled in school.

St. Louis Democratic Representative Rodney Hubbard is sponsoring the bill.

He says driving is not a right, it's a privilege. 

 

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Description: "The thrust behind this bill is to make sure that we have kids attending school and our children are being productive in the St. Louis public school system and all the public school systems throughout this state."

The Department of Revenue would have the power to revoke licenses if a student decides to drop out.

The committee took no immediate action on the bill.

From the state Capitol, I'm Erika Navarrete. 


Intro: Students would have to present proof of school enrollment before obtaining a drivers license under a measure presented to the House Urban Education Committee on Tuesday.

Erika Navarrete (Nahv-ah-rett) has more from the State Capitol.

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The bill would deny drivers licenses to public school kids under the age of 18 who are not enrolled in school.

School districts would report ineligible students to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Penny Rector, of the Missouri Association of School Administrators, expressed her concern of the responsibility imposed on school districts.  

 

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Description: "An alternative might be to look at requiring the students to provide some sort of proof when they go take their drivers test."


Rector also said the alternative would reduce the burden placed upon the school district and the department of revenue.

Democratic Representative Rodney Hubbard is sponsoring the bill and was open to Rector's idea.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Erika Navarrete.