bill that cleared the Louisiana Legislature this week would punish
teen drivers who get in trouble at school, The Times-Picayune reported.
House gave final approval to the bill, HB1686, June 16. The measure
mandates the loss of the licenses for up to a year for three major
offenses: attacking teachers or school employees, sale or possession
of drugs, alcohol and “other illegal substances,” and possession
of a firearm. It now heads to the governor, who is expected to sign
Senate amended HB1686, sponsored by House Speaker Charlie DeWitt,
D-Lecompte, by limiting the situations in which a student can be
expelled or suspended from school and lose the license. It was those
changes that the House approved Monday.
bill applies to public and private school students age 14 to 18.
can regain the license after six months by showing “exemplary …
behavior” at school and avoiding other violations of school policies,
the newspaper reported. The student would have to pay a $60 reinstatement