Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GA - Lawmaker introduces bill to ban sex offenders from driving school buses

Original Article


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.


Macintosh said...

Is there any chance that a sex offender would ever be hired anywhere to be a school bus driver? The only value of proposing such a law is to grab headlines and get some free press and project an image of being tough on crime.

NJ45143112 said...

It seems to me that there must be a rash of drivers fondling kid's while driving...

Of course, if that were true, then there would be a sharp rise in bus-related accidents, wouldn't there? For that matter, other students would be telling their parents about the driver...

So, if NEITHER of these have occurred, then what is the rationale for adopting yet another layer of bureaucracy?

I believe that Mr. Battles should pick his battles before instigating another slew of court cases over a pointless law that serves nobody but himself...