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Current law requires that a person attend school in order to be issued a conditional driver’s license and a special restricted driver’s license unless the person has a high school diploma or GED. This bill would expand this requirement for issuance or reinstatement of a beginner’s permit and a regular driver’s license for all persons under 18. This is essentially a back-door approach to raising South Carolina’s compulsory attendance age from 17 to 18.
Other provisions in this bill would require school districts and homeschool associations to notify the student’s parent of unexcused absences and then report the student to the Department of Motor Vehicles for truancy. This would result in a suspension of the driver’s license. Parents, not homeschool associations, are responsible for keeping attendance records under current law. There is really no system under current law for homeschool associations to check the attendance of students and to determine whether any absences are unlawful.
3/9/10 (House) Introduced and read first time
3/9/10 (House) Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
6/3/2010 (House) Bill died when Legislature adjourned
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