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House OK's Elderly School Bus Drivers

April 18, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

People over seventy will be allowed to drive Missouri's school buses if the governor signs a bill passed by the house, Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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The house voted to remove the upper age limit on school bus drivers. Bill sponsor, Gracia Backer from Callaway, says rural school districts have trouble finding drivers and should be allowed to keep drivers as long as they are competent, regardless of their age. Representative Dale Whiteside, from Northern Missouri, opposed the bill.

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Contents: Whireside says there aren't enough restrictions for the old men driving the buses. He says it's fine to praise old men who were fighter pilots during the second world war, but he doesn't see how that relates to sticking them behind the wheel of a school bus today.

Under the bill drivers would have to pass a driver's test and a physical every three years. The bill still has to be signed by the governor before it becomes law. From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.

For more information see the roll-call vote.