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1221Type of Legislation: Joint Resolution JRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000307Primary Sponsor: Education Committee SED 04All Sponsors: Education CommitteeDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\21066ac00.docResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Education and Public Works Committee 21 HEPWSubject: Regulation No. 2481, Education Department, Pupil transportation services, operation of publicHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20000313 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee Senate 20000309 Read third time, sent to House Senate 20000308 Read second time Senate 20000307 Introduced, read first time, placed on Calendar without reference Versions of This Bill Revised on March 7, 2000 - Word format
March 7, 2000
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Read the first time March 7, 2000.
TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF PUBLIC PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2481, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The regulations of the Department of Education, relating to the operation of public pupil transportation services, designated as Regulation Document Number 2481, and submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code, are approved.
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
The State Department of Education proposes to align its school bus driver testing requirements with those of the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety is establishing new commercial drivers' licenses that are specifically designed for school bus drivers. The Department of Public Safety will offer a School Bus Driver Restricted Commercial Driver's License (CDL-T restricted) and a Commercial Driver's License with a School Bus Driver Endorsement (CDL-S endorsement). These new commercial drivers' licenses will contain testing requirements equivalent to the existing testing requirements of the State Department of Education School Bus Driver's Certification. The proposed regulation will allow the State Department of Education to accept the new school bus driver commercial drivers' licenses as appropriate tests to determine a school bus driver's competency. The State Department of Education will provide school bus driver training as a prerequisite for a driver qualifying to take either of the new school bus driver commercial drivers' licenses. To determine a school bus driver's ability to perform these physical actions, the proposed regulation directs the State Department of Education to establish a physical performance test as an extension of the school bus driver's commercial driving test. The proposed regulation aligns the requirement for the driver's medical examination with the requirements of the commercial drivers' licenses.
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