Bad Bill Bob's Commentary on SB361
The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street, refuses
to let go when you get to the other side - Theodore Forstmann
Granted there are many good reasons a student should stay in school. But this bill uses
the threat of restricting a parents driving license as a penalty for their truant student.
Driving on the public roadways is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT. The whole point of
state-based licensing is to protect good drivers by keeping bad drivers OFF THE ROAD.
One reason you are required to maintain a license and carry it is so your state can
identify and track you when you have broken the driving rules - NOT TRUANCY RULES.
This bill, punishes a driver (who could be a very good driver with a very good record) who
has a child that has been truant. The restrictive license penalty as designed in this bill
HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DRIVING. It is using a needed license as a lever in a
completely unrelated issue.
Insurance companies base their premiums on driving records. Suspended licenses
create huge problems for the insured, and similar problems could occur with a restricted
license - ie higher premiums and/or loss of coverage.
This bill is the beginning of the slippery slope. It is not hard to imagine all of the things
lawmakers could come up with that they could tie to the privilege of driving and the
needed license. (Years ago MN had law that all people with outstanding warrants would
receive a license suspension notice in the mail. One person who had an outstanding
charge for not shoveling her sidewalk quick enough, got the nasty letter telling her that
her license was suspended)
Attending school is important. But this bill is wrong and should get the boot.