Senators Advance Bill Denying Licenses to Dropouts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina teens who drop out of school or skip too many classes would lose their driving privileges under a bill advanced by a Senate committee. The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure linking school attendance to driver’s licenses for teens under 18. The bill moves to the Senate floor. Teens who need a license to get to work or to drive a sick family member to medical treatments could get a route-restricted license. Students who return to school or enroll in GED classes could get their licenses back. The House passed the bill last year by a one-vote margin. Rep. Tom Young of Aiken says the measure is not a silver bullet, but it’s a good thing if it prompts some students to stay in school.

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