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Senate bill would prevent sex offenders from driving school buses


By Tiffany Brooks
Staff Writer

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May 05, 2014
The state Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers.

The bill (S.1519) would stop the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing or renewing a commercial driver's license to operate a passenger or school bus to anyone who is a registered sex offender.

"Registered sex offenders should not be operating a school bus or a passenger bus, plain and simple," said Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Syosset, the bill's sponsor. "Bus operators come in contact with vulnerable individuals every day. To give a registered sex offender a license and access to potential victims is dangerous and makes zero sense."

The legislation would amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law in relation to commercial vehicles. The bill passed the Senate last year but died in the Assembly. It has been sent to the Assembly Transportation Committee.

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