Effective February 12, 2012, a new law goes into effect in New York that expands the list of convictions that disqualify a school bus driver from either permanently or temporarily operating a school bus. The law adds to the list of convictions that would either permanently disqualify an applicant from being a bus driver or disqualify the candidate for five years. The existing law disqualified people convicted of crimes including murder, rape and arson.
Under the new law, crimes for which a conviction would ban a person from becoming a school bus driver include:
- aggravated manslaughter in the first or second degree
- aggravated sexual abuse in the second, third, and fourth degree
- sexual abuse in the first degree
- course of sexual conduct against a child in the first or second degree,
- facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance
- predatory sexual assault
- sex trafficking
- disseminating indecent materials to minors in the first degree
- use of a child in a sexual performance
- promoting or possessing a sexual performance by a child
- aggravated assault upon a child less than 11 years old
- luring a child
- persistent sexual abuse
- aggravated criminally negligent homicide
- criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds
The law also changes from a temporary five-year prohibition to a permanent prohibition vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, aggravated vehicular homicide, and promoting prostitution in the first, second, or third degree. Additionally, added to the list of crimes which would result in a five-year prohibition are forcible touching and criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance.
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