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S.F. No. 1046 - Modifying Requirements for Issuance of School Bus Driver’s License Endorsement
Author: Senator Jim Carlson
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: February 27, 2015


Section 1 provides that when issuing, denying, renewing, or canceling a school bus endorsement, the Commissioner of Public Safety must use criteria in specific statutory sections.  [This identical requirement appears in Minnesota Rules, part 7414.0400, subpart 1.]

Section 2 strikes statutory language concerning issuance of a temporary school bus endorsement, which requires an affidavit and a criminal history check of the applicant from each state of residence for the previous five years from any source acceptable to the commissioner.  New language appears in section 3.

Section 3 codifies the procedure for an applicant to obtain a temporary school bus endorsement, requiring two affidavits and a criminal records check.  Most of the provisions in this section appear in Rules 7414.0400, subpart 1a.  However, the bill changes the rule as follows:  the rule requires an in-state applicant to obtain a criminal records check from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), whereas, an applicant who comes from another state has the choice to obtain the check from a BCA counterpart in that state, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or another source acceptable to the commissioner.  New language in this section allows in-state and out-of-state applicants the same choice to obtain the criminal records check from the BCA or its out-of-state counterpart, the FBI or a source acceptable to the commissioner.

Section 4 provides that an applicant for a school bus endorsement may not receive an endorsement while there is an outstanding, unresolved felony charge.  A driver with an endorsement must inform the employer within seven days of a felony charge or the endorsement is revoked until the driver is found not guilty, or the later of five years after final disposition of the case or the applicant’s release from a correctional facility.

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