By Christopher King
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban anyone on the sex offender registry from getting a new license to drive a school bus or a charter bus.
- Once again, putting all ex-sex offenders into one group, those who harm children, which is not true. If a person commits a crime that did not involve a child, then they should be able to drive a bus.
"It would be a total restriction on any transportation of children," said State Rep. Paul Battles.
Battles has introduced a bill that would bar anyone on the sex offender registry from getting a new commercial driver's license and driving certain types of commercial motor vehicles.
That means a convicted sex offender would not be able to drive a school bus or a charter bus.
Battles said his bill would add another layer of safety for children.
- And more discrimination against those whose crime didn't involve children!
"This just protects them against the possibility of someone committing another crime," Battles said.
Page Pate, a legal and constitutional expert, said the bill takes the current law a step further, but is not needed.