SC bill nixing licenses for ditching classes OK'd by committee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina teens under 18 will lose driving privileges if they drop out of school or skip too many classes under a bill heading to the House floor for debate.

The House Education and Public Works Committee unanimously approved on Tuesday a measure that would suspend licenses until the student reaches 18.

Members of the committee said the legislation will encourage students to think seriously about the consequences they'll face if they don't stay in school.

The House passed the same legislation last year. But that action came too late to meet a procedural deadline for bills to reach the Senate.

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The state Department of Education supports the measure and says there will be no additional costs to the agency.

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