The tragedy in Littleton, Colorado, has changed Iowa legislators’ minds abouta proposal aimed at kids who exhibit violent behavior at school.Earlier this year, the legislature didn’t take up Governor Vilsack’sproposal to take drivers licenses away from teenagers who assault teachers orother high school authority figures. The proposal also takes away drivingprivileges from high schoolers who take a gun or other dangerous weapon toschool. Now, the House has reversed course and endorsed the idea. Representative Pat Murphy, a democrat from Dubuque, spearheaded theabout-face.Murphy says driving is a privilege, not a right.Teenagers who are violent or take a weapon to school wouldn’t be able to get their driving privileges back until they reach 18.The proposal was drafted as an amendment and added to a budgetbill which won House approval yesterday.
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