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Senate kills Case bill fining the parents of truant children

Feb 15, 2012 - AP

CHEYENNE (AP) -- The state Senate has killed a bill that would have raised the fines for parents of students who skip school. Senate File 44 failed to win introduction in the state Senate on Tuesday when senators voted 20-14 against the bill.

Bill co-sponsor Republican Sen. Cale Case of Lander told senators that some students miss weeks of school because it is not a priority for parents.

Case says schools need the parents' help to reduce truancy, which can have adverse effects on test cores and other school performance measurements.

The bill would have raised the minimum fine for not getting kids to school from $5 to $100. The maximum fine would have jumped from $25 to $1,000 for parents or legal guardians who neglect or refuse to comply.

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