A measure establishing stricter screening procedures and harsher penalties to guard against school bus drivers with drunken-driving records passed the New Jersey Senate on Sept. 21.

Backers said the bill, S-508, is needed to protect children traveling to and from school.

Under the bill, a driver would be required to undergo a check for alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle violations and a criminal history record check, prior to employment and upon application for license...

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