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May 25, 2005

House Bill 370 (LD 495): An Act to Reduce School Truancy

Sponsor:
Representative Elaine Makas

Summary:
This bill establishes that a person under 17 years old cannot apply for a driver's license unless the student proves that he has not been declared habitually truant for the current and past school year. HSLDA is working to amend this language to make it clear that it only applies to public school students and not homeschooled students. HSLDA succeeded in amending the language of the bill so that it only applied to homeschoolers, and the bill also died, doubly protecting homeschoolers from any negative effects.

Status:

02/01/2005(House): Referred to the Committee on Transportation.
02/03/2005(Senate): Referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.
02/08/2005(House): Bill will be kept with Transportation committee.
02/10/2005(Senate): Agreed with House, referred to the Transportation Committee; Bill now in concurrence.
4/14/2005Joint Transportation Committee Hearing: 1:00 PM Room 126 State House.
4/26/2005Work session.
5/17/2005(House): Tabled by majority. Minority Committee Reported that the bill Ought to Pass.
5/17/2005(House): Bill placed in unfinished business.
5/18/2005(House): Bill amended to apply only to public school students.
5/20/2005(House): Bill placed in unfinished business.
5/24/2005(House): Majority Ought Not to Pass report was accepted and sent for concurrence.

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral, since bill was successfully amended.

Action Requested:
No more action is necessary.

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