Miss. proposes religious exemption for bus drivers.

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Church bus drivers will be exempt from a requirement that they possess a commercial driver's license if a new bill passes the Mississippi legislature.

The measure, HB 132, has already passed the Mississippi House and now awaits a vote in the Senate.

Supporters say the bill is intended to save churches money. "[S]ome [churches] don't have people with commercial licenses at all, and they can pick a person to drive the bus," House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Robert Johnson III [D-Natchez) told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

But the bill has its critics, some of whom have pointed out the danger in allowing rookies to drive large...

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