Final reading was postponed in the South Carolina House until next week on legislation that would take driver’s licenses away from teenagers who drop out of school or have seven or more unexcused absences.
Aiken County Republican Tom Young, the bill’s main sponsor, said that information about the measure had been sent to members of the House this week that was incorrect. Young says the bill would not change the mandatory attendance age for public education to age 18. Currently students are required to attend school until they reach 17.
Young read from a 21-year-old report from a commission led by then Lt. Governor Nick Theodore which first recommended the proposal.
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Last week’s vote for the bill’s second reading was 67-29, so it’s expected to pass third reading. But when the bill goes to the Senate next week, a two-thirds majority vote will be required just to take it up because it missed the April deadline.
Kershaw County Democrat Laurie Funderburk spoke against the bill. She said what future dropouts need is mentoring from adults like the members of the House, not a law that would jerk their drivers licenses.