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Bill would strip driver's license from truant kids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation in Lansing would take away driver's licenses from students repeatedly absent from school.

Democratic Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing introduced the bill last week to combat the problem of truancy. He says driving is a privilege and there's no bigger incentive for most teens than being able to drive.

The legislation would compel judges to notify the secretary of state of cases of truancy. The secretary of state would have to suspend the license of a juvenile found by a circuit court to be willfully and repeatedly absent from schools for six months.

In cases where a juvenile hasn't yet been issued a license, he or she would be denied a license.

Michigan law requires students to be in school until age 18.