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Sex offenders could not drive Ga. buses under plan

ATLANTA (AP) -- Sex offenders would be banned from driving school and passenger buses under a bill passed by Georgia's House of Representatives.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul Battles of Cartersville passed Monday by a vote of 157-4.

It would prevent state transportation officials from issuing a license to drive school or passenger buses to anyone who must register as a sex offender for an offense that happens starting July 1.

Any sex offender caught illegally driving a passenger bus without the required license would face a maximum two-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.

The bill now heads to the state Senate.