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HB 1826 - Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences - Virginia Key Vote

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Title: Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences

Signed by Governor Tim Kaine


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Title: Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences

Highlights:

-Requires individuals under 18 years of age, attending a public school, and applying for a driver's license to provide a document signed by a parent or legal guardian giving his or her principal permission to notify the juvenile and domestic relations district court if the applicant has 10 or more consecutive unexcused absences (Sec. 1). -Authorizes students to show cause for the unexcused absences to the juvenile and domestic relations district court, and specifies that failure to show cause can result in a license suspension (Sec. 1). -Exempts students under the following circumstances (Sec. 1):

    -Withdrawal from school occurred due to reasons beyond the student's control; -The absences occurred due to transferring to another school; or -A parent or guardian expresses in court a desire for the student to keep his or her license.
-Authorizes students with a suspended license to apply for a restricted license if the student (Sec. 1):
    -Is employed at least 4 hours a day and at least 20 hours a week; -Has a medical condition which requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle; or -Is the only licensee in the household.
-The text of this bill was replaced by a substitute amendment sponsored by the House Committee on Transportation.

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Title: Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes courts to suspend the driver's license of any individual under 18 years of age if he or she has 10 or more consecutive unexcused absences from public school.

Highlights:

-Requires individuals under 18 years of age, attending a public school, and applying for a driver's license to provide a document signed by a parent or legal guardian giving his or her principal permission to notify the juvenile and domestic relations district court if the applicant has 10 or more consecutive unexcused absences (Sec. 1). -Authorizes students to show cause for the unexcused absences to the juvenile and domestic relations district court, and specifies that failure to show cause can result in a license suspension (Sec. 1). -Exempts students under the following circumstances (Sec. 1):

    -Withdrawal from school occurred due to reasons beyond the student's control; -The absences occurred due to transferring to another school; or -A parent or guardian expresses in court a desire for the student to keep his or her license.
-Authorizes students with a suspended license to apply for a restricted license if the student (Sec. 1):
    -Is employed at least 4 hours a day and at least 20 hours a week; -Has a medical condition which requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle; or -Is the only licensee in the household.
-The text of this bill was replaced by a substitute amendment sponsored by the House Committee on Transportation.

Title: Driver's License Suspension for Unexcused School Absences

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT, WHICH REPLACES THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE LEGISLATION WITH A NEW TEXT. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

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