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Charlotte mayor tapped to serve as transportation secretary
April 29, 2013
If confirmed, Anthony Foxx would replace Ray LaHood in leading the U.S. Department of Transportation. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says that Foxx has "firsthand knowledge of how to create jobs through smart investment in transportation and infrastructure."
Bill would allow school surtax to be used for bus purchases
April 18, 2013
The new Florida legislation would amend current law to expand the use of the School Capital Outlay Surtax, also known as the “school half-cent sales tax,” to include the purchases of yellow buses. Per the bill analysis, this would provide an additional funding source for bus purchases.
Bill aimed at protecting students on private roads approved
April 15, 2013
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law House Bill 2170, which amends the current law to state that school bus drivers must engage their bus’ stop arm and flashing lights while students are boarding or disembarking on a private road or driveway. Officials say the bill will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends.
North Carolina bill would increase bus-passing fines
April 8, 2013
Under the North Carolina School Bus Safety Act, the fines for such a violation range from a minimum of $500 to $5,000 depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. The act also includes provisions for driver’s license revocation.
Utah governor signs alt-fuel bill
April 2, 2013
Senate Bill 275, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert last Thursday, establishes a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas. Murrell Martin, pupil transportation specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, tells SBF that he believes the new law will provide a framework for school districts to move toward alternative fuel options for school buses.
Bill would raise speed limit for North Carolina school buses
March 21, 2013
The legislation would let loaded and unloaded school buses in the state drive 55 mph, up from 45. The bill’s sponsor calls slow-moving buses on high-speed roads “a hazard,” but another legislator cites concerns for student safety in allowing buses to drive faster.
Utah bill aims to increase state's CNG-powered vehicles
March 7, 2013
Senate Bill 275 would establish a governing body to facilitate conversion of fleets in the state to alternative fuel vehicles, specifically those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). In a press conference on board a CNG-powered school bus, Gov. Gary Herbert calls for everyone to improve the state’s air quality, and he spotlights the bill as one way to reduce heavy vehicle and fleet emissions.
Florida bill would permit photo enforcement of bus passing
March 5, 2013
The legislation would enable school boards to authorize that cameras be installed on school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass the buses, and then use that as evidence for law enforcement to issue citations. Violators would be issued a $250 fine.
Nebraska bill targets bus driver cell phone use
February 28, 2013
New legislation aims to prohibit school bus drivers from using interactive wireless communication devices while the bus in motion. However, a rule to that effect was already approved by the Nebraska Department of Education last year.
North Carolina bill would revoke bus passers' licenses
February 26, 2013
Under Senate Bill 16, the license revocation periods range from 30 days to two years depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. On Tuesday, the bill passes a third reading in the Senate.
Bill would exempt Louisiana districts from fuel tax
February 11, 2013
Under the new legislation, fuel used for school buses operated by municipal and parish school boards would not be subject to the state fuel tax. Currently, contractor-operated school buses in Louisiana qualify for a refund of three-fourths of the fuel tax.
Bill would require motorists to stop for buses on private roads
February 7, 2013
Current Arizona law requires motorists to stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students on public highways. A bill under consideration in the state Legislature would amend the law for it to apply to private roads and driveways as well, but it would not apply to a bus that is stopped in a parking lot.
Bill would expand S.D. school bus inspector pool
January 29, 2013
Under current law, members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol conduct yellow bus inspections. The legislation moving through the state Legislature would allow the highway patrol to approve other people to perform the inspections, such as personnel at school district transportation departments.
Bill would increase stopping distance from school buses
January 24, 2013
Under the Montana legislation, motorists would be required to stop 30 feet away from a bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing for students to board or disembark. Current law requires motorists to stop 15 feet from a bus.
How hazard lights can be used for Mich. bus stops
January 22, 2013
Some Michigan districts are making use of hazard-light school bus stops, which can keep traffic flowing in cases where children don’t cross the street. State law allows the hazard-light stops when certain conditions are met.
Bill would establish school bus trespassing as first-degree crime
January 15, 2013
Under the legislation pre-filed in the Alabama Legislature, a person has committed trespassing if he or she is found guilty of willfully demolishing, destroying, defacing, injuring, burning or damaging a school bus, or has entered the bus while not authorized to do so. The crime would be a Class B misdemeanor.
Va. bill would allow ads on school buses
January 8, 2013
"Age-appropriate" advertisements could be placed on school buses under a bill introduced for the state's new legislative session. Revenue from the bus ad sales would have to be devoted to the cost of providing pupil transportation.
Wash. governor proposes plan to fully fund school transportation
January 2, 2013
Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes a wholesale excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that would increase gradually over the next three biennia to eventually fund the entire pupil transportation budget. Gov.-elect Jay Inslee says in a statement through his spokesman that he “will lay out his own budget priorities that reflect his vision for state government and his commitment to create a lasting economic recovery with secure jobs for Washington's middle class.”
State school bus stop laws compiled
December 18, 2012
A new research document sheds light on the differences in states' regulations on stopping for stopped school buses. Patrick Willi, director of School Training Solutions, tells SBF that the idea for the project came to him during a discussion of stop-arm running at the recent NASDPTS conference.
Wash. lawmakers propose school transportation funding change
December 11, 2012
School bus services in the state would be paid for out of the transportation budget rather than the general fund to help legislators comply with a Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding for students. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says that any money for bus service would have to come out of revenue generated from a transportation funding package that lawmakers may put before voters next year.

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