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Should Sex Offenders Be Banned from Driving Buses?

A proposed state law would ban those on Georgia’s sexual offender registry from obtaining commercial driver’s licenses for school buses or passenger vehicles such as charter buses. Tell us if you would like to see the bill passed.

A proposed state law could keep those on Georgia’s sexual offender registry from getting behind the wheel of certain vehicles.

House Bill 40, whose primary sponsor is Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville, would prohibit sex offenders from obtaining two types of commercial driver’s licenses. If passed, those who are placed on the sexual offender registry for crimes committed after July 1 of this year would not be able to obtain a CDL with a school bus (S) endorsement or a passenger (P) endorsement, the latter of which applies to charter buses or vehicles designed to seat more than 16 people, including its driver.

Those with P or S endorsements on a license issued before July 1 of this year would not be disqualified from seeking license renewals unless they are convicted of an offense that occurred after July 1 and requires registration on the sex offender list.

It would be a total restriction on any transportation of children. This just protects them against the possibility of someone committing another crime,” Battles told CBS Atlanta.

But the bill is not needed as state law already prevents those on the offender registry from being around minors, legal and constitutional expert Page Pate told the CBS affiliate. He added that the law, if passed, likely could hold up in court, as those who can currently drive a bus would still be allowed to do so.

A copy of the proposed bill is attached to this article as a PDF.

Should lawmakers pass the bill?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

electric123 February 07, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Richard, If you get cited for public urination in Cobb you have to register as a sex offender!
Jon February 07, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Charles, do you have a link or some other citation about that? I've heard it before, but I've never seen anything to convince me that it's more than an urban legend.
William Compton February 08, 2013 at 02:30 AM
yes pass it
Brian February 08, 2013 at 04:59 AM
All we need is more people on welfare because they can't get jobs. Keep them away from school busses, but let them drive trucks.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Pam J, I don't see how you can say a woman getting assaulted is not as bad as a child getting molested.

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