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August 28, 2014

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Nevada Legislature 2013:

Truant students may find themselves walking to destination

The Legislature put the finishing touches Tuesday on a bill to penalize high school students who continually miss classes.

Senate Bill 269 has been sent to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The bill says a "habitual truant" can have his or her driver's license suspended for 30 days to six months for a first offense. Or school officials can delay a student from getting a license for 30 days.

A parent or legal guardian can appeal the sanction.

The bill also calls for those applying for a driver's license to submit a written certification of meeting attendance requirements.

A habitual truant is defined in law as one who misses three or more days without good cause. School officials could take into account any hardship before deciding on the penalty.

A person who is at least 16 can apply for a driver's license, and a restricted license can be issued to a child who is between the ages of 14-18.

This story has been edited to correct the bill number.

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