New Law in NY Adds More Convictions Banning School Bus Driver Applicants

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A new law went into effect this month in New York that extends the list of convictions that prohibit a person from becoming a school bus driver.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August signed the new law, which permanently disqualifies an applicant from being a school bus driver or disqualifies the person for five years if convicted of sexual offenses or other serious crimes against children.

The new law also lists 15 convictions, including first-degree sexual abuse; course of sexual conduct against a child in the first or second degree; disseminating indecent materials to minors in the first degree; and first- and second-degree aggravated manslaughter. It also changed several convictions, including vehicular manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide, from five-year prohibitions to permanent prohibitions.