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DOT tightens rules on medical examiners
April 19, 2012
A new federal rule requires healthcare professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle.
Mo. school bus ad bill advances
April 17, 2012
The legislation would let school districts lease advertising space on the inside and outside of buses. It closely passes out of the Missouri House and moves to the Senate.
China approves bevy of school bus regulations
April 12, 2012
The regulations give buses priority in traffic congestion and require companies and drivers to acquire licenses to offer school transport services, among other measures. The long-awaited regulations come after several fatal crashes involving school buses.
Iowa mandates school bus driver background checks
April 10, 2012
Gov. Terry Branstad signs legislation that requires employers to review the Iowa court information system, as well as the sex offender registry and central registries for child abuse and dependent adult abuse, for information regarding applicants. State director Max Christensen shares with SBF his views on the new law, which also requires checks every five years once applicants are hired.
Lawyers challenge legality of school bus cameras
April 5, 2012
The lawsuit claims that the use of cameras to capture the images of drivers who illegally pass Jefferson Parish buses violates the Louisiana Constitution by using civil proceedings to address moving violations and giving law enforcement power to a company motivated by profit.
Mich. bill calls for lower rear bus lights
March 29, 2012
The mother of two teens killed when their car crashed into a school bus speaks to Michigan lawmakers about legislation that would add a new, lower level of bright flashing rear lights to new school buses. If passed, the legislation would be called the Privacky Law, after the two crash victims.
School bus fees banned in Indiana
March 27, 2012
School districts in the state can’t charge families for transportation to and from school, under a bill signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The legislation arose after annual bus fees of up to $475 were implemented in Franklin Township last year.
Tenn. bill would let bus drivers use force
March 22, 2012
The state House passes legislation that would authorize school bus drivers to hold students accountable for disorderly conduct. Bus drivers and other school personnel could use “reasonable force when necessary … to correct or restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another person.”
Ala. bill would restrict school bus driver cell phone use
March 21, 2012
Under the legislation, bus drivers would only be permitted to use their phones to call in medical concerns, or if the bus is parked or secure on the side of the road.
Bill calls for stricter bus-passing penalties nationwide
March 21, 2012
Rep. Bruce Braley introduces legislation at the federal level that would require Iowa’s new penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses to apply to all states in the country. States that fail to adopt the standards would face losing 10 percent of federal highway funding each year.
Iowa governor signs illegal bus passing bill
March 19, 2012
Under the legislation, which takes effect immediately, drivers face a fine of up to $675 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. Max Christensen, executive officer of school transportation at the Iowa Department of Education, discusses the provisions of the law with SBF and also provides an update on additional statewide efforts to combat the problem of stop-arm running.
Iowa illegal bus passing bill advances
March 5, 2012
The state Senate unanimously passes legislation that would increase the fine for passing a stopped school bus from $200 to up to $675 and also calls for up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. The bill is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck last year as she was walking across a road to board her school bus.
Calif. bill would allow exterior school bus ads
February 28, 2012
Senate Bill 1295 would enable school districts to choose whether to sell ad space on the exterior of buses, and choose how to spend any revenue raised. The state currently allows ads inside buses.
N.Y. bills target school bus passing, signage
February 21, 2012
The state Senate passes a trio of school bus bills that backers say will protect child safety and enhance communication. One would impose a 60-day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of stop-arm running two or more times.
Homeless student busing costs Mass. districts $11M
February 15, 2012
The costs stem from the state's participation in the federal McKinney-Vento program. State Auditor Suzanne Bump calls on lawmakers to allot funding for what she found to be "an unfunded state mandate."
Funding restored for Calif. school transportation
February 14, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 81, which replaces the $248 million that was cut for the service with an across-the-board revenue limit reduction at all school districts in the state for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials tells SBF this is welcome news, but he notes that more work must be done to restore funding for the long term, and he shares the association’s efforts to this end.
Mo. bill would allow school bus ads
February 9, 2012
The legislation would require the state board of education to establish rules to authorize school boards to lease advertising space on the interior and exterior of buses. The bill specifies what types of ads are not appropriate, and 50 percent of a district's revenue from advertising would need to be used to offset the fuel costs of providing pupil transportation services.
Contracted Pa. bus drivers still eligible for jobless benefits
February 9, 2012
School bus drivers in the state who work for private companies can continue to collect unemployment during the summer break in between school years after a bill that would have amended this law has died in the General Assembly — the bill’s sponsor has withdrawn his name from the legislation. Selina Pittenger, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, discusses with SBF the association’s efforts to prevent the bill from progressing.
Ind. bill aims to ban bus fees
February 1, 2012
Students and parents could not be charged a fee for transportation to and from school, under legislation that passed out of the Indiana House. The issue of school bus fees has been a source of contention in the state in recent years.
Iowa governor supports stricter illegal bus passing penalties
January 25, 2012
Loved ones of Kadyn Halverson, who was killed by a pickup truck as she was walking to board her school bus, have been lobbying legislators to pass a bill on the subject. Gov. Terry Branstad has asked the state departments of public safety, education and transportation to work with lawmakers to craft the legislation.

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