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NAPT News & Views
April 9, 2010

I now live far from the Washington, D.C., pressure cooker of my working years. Folks here are not as immersed in the minutia of public policy as those in and around the nation's capital.

Contractors could be exempt from paying taxes on buses
April 6, 2010
New Mississippi legislation would allow companies that operate buses and other vehicles to transport students to and from school to waive ad valorem taxes on their units if they are under contract to a school board on or after July 1.
Laws of common sense
April 6, 2010

Sometimes we need to be protected from legislators. But sometimes they really do have our protection in mind.

School bus passing bill fails
April 1, 2010
“Nathan’s Law” would have increased penalties for stop-arm running in Mississippi. The bill was name for a 5-year-old who was killed by a passing motorist after getting off his bus in December. His parents say they’ll keep pushing for the change.
Seat belt proposal rejected 2 years in a row
April 1, 2010
A Colorado bill requiring installation of seat belts on school buses was killed by the House Education Committee last year. The proposal was reintroduced this year, and lawmakers shot it down again, saying it was too costly and that school buses are already safe.
Pennsylvania DOT to expand access to driving records
March 30, 2010
School districts will receive the entire driving history of school bus driver applicants at no cost, and contractors will have the option of paying $5 per record or an annual fee of $200 for unlimited access. The policy change comes after a school bus driver with a spotty driving history was involved in a fatal crash last month.
Contractors give varying outlooks on healthcare bill
March 26, 2010
Some executives at school bus companies see increased costs that they will have to pass on to the school districts they serve. Others are hoping that the price of buying healthcare will go down.
Bill would aid in funding bus refurbishments
March 22, 2010
New legislation would allow Georgia school districts to refurbish existing units using state funding for purchasing new buses. Renovations would have to be completed by a school bus manufacturer or dealer.
More support needed for school bus campaign
March 19, 2010
The effort to create a federally-funded program to promote school bus use needs nearly 40 more representatives to sign on. A letter outlining the plan will be sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood next Friday.
Conn. seat belt bill moves forward
March 16, 2010
Bill requiring lap-shoulder belts on all buses manufactured after January 2012 has been approved by the legislature's Transportation Committee, and now moves to both houses for a vote.
Bill would increase walking distance, allow ads
March 5, 2010
The legislation being considered in Florida would extend to three miles the school bus eligibility threshold for middle and high school students. It would also let districts place ads on the outside of buses.
Bill allowing school bus ads rejected
March 2, 2010
The Utah legislation would have let school boards sell advertising space on buses, while prohibiting ads that promoted inappropriate material. A House committee did not approve the bill, concerned that people would assume the ads were endorsed by schools.
Virginia Assembly: school bus DUI a misdemeanor
February 23, 2010
A bill awaiting the governor's signature makes the consumption of any amount of alcohol before driving a school bus a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
School bus passenger protection off ‘Most Wanted’ list
February 19, 2010
NTSB removes the issue from its recommended transportation safety improvements, citing NHTSA’s final rule that increased school bus seat-back height and established specs for voluntarily installed seat belts.
Conn. lawmakers take up second school bus safety bill
February 16, 2010
The bill would require that a phone number for reporting unsafe driving be painted on all sides of a school bus. The first school bus safety bill raised during this session, which began Feb. 3, would require the installation of seat belts on school buses.
School district bus drivers could get higher retirement pay
February 16, 2010
New legislation would increase Georgia school system retirees’ monthly payments to $16 (up from $15) multiplied by the number of their years of creditable service. The benefit would apply to those employees who have already retired as well as to future retirees.
States weigh cell phone bans
February 9, 2010
Nebraska and Massachusetts both have bills in the works to ban school bus drivers’ use of cell phones and other wireless devices while the bus is in motion.
Bill aims to prevent students from being left on buses
February 4, 2010
Pennsylvania legislation would mandate that the State Board of Education implement a procedure that all school bus drivers must follow to make certain that no students are left behind. Drivers who leave passengers stranded would face fines. The bill would also toughen penalties for driving a bus under the influence.
Sen. proposes cutting busing for Utah high school students
February 2, 2010
Although such a move has been made in other places, some officials disagree with the proposal, citing traffic congestion, safety and other concerns.
Washington state school buses could have ads
January 27, 2010
New legislation would permit school districts to place advertisements and educational material on and in school buses if they have been approved by the districts’ school boards. Revenue generated by the ads would be deposited in general or transportation vehicle funds.

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