Emrick Supports Driver Education Bill Passed by the House
HARRISBURG –State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) voted Wednesday to support legislation which would make it easier for public schools to have driver education taught in classrooms. Senate Bill 743, which is nearly identical to Emrick’s House Bill 1823 that passed the House Education Committee, now returns to the state Senate for concurrence on amendments made by the House.

“I am pleased to see this legislation move a step closer to becoming law in Pennsylvania,” Emrick said. “Driver education classes are unfortunately no longer commonplace in high school curriculums, even though they are arguably needed more now than ever before.”

Senate Bill 743 would allow school districts to hire private driver education instructors to teach the classroom portion without having obtained a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. These instructors would still have to meet provisions of the Private Driver Education or Training School Act.

“Proper security measures would still be in place, as anyone teaching driver education in the classroom would submit to a criminal background check and other requirements in order to be employed by a school district,” Emrick added. “This bill simply takes advantage of trained professionals from a community being put to use for the benefit of young people and public safety in general.”

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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