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Transportation Secretary Foxx appoints new chief of staff
August 29, 2013
Sarah Feinberg has served in the Obama Administration as a special assistant to the president and senior advisor to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Most recently, she managed Facebook’s Washington, D.C.-based outreach and communications as well as the company’s political and crisis communications.
Fine for stop-arm running rises to $1,250 in Texas
August 26, 2013
The increased maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running goes into effect Sept. 1. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety says that his agency "will not tolerate individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses."
North Carolina approves stiffer penalties for bus passers
July 24, 2013
Gov. Pat McCrory signs into law a bill that stipulates that the fines for bus-passing violators would range from $500 to $2,500, depending on whether the motorist is guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony. The bill — known as The Hasani N. Wesley Students' School Bus Safety Act — also includes provisions regarding license revocation.
New Hawaii measures target rising school busing costs
July 11, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs two bills that are expected to help the state more efficiently manage its student transportation system. Under one of the measures, the Hawaii Department of Education will not need to require school bus contractors to certify that they pay the same wages as public officers and employees.
$43 million increase for school bus funding in Washington
July 2, 2013
The State Legislature commits to an additional $42.8 million for student transportation operations for the 2013-14 school year, or approximately 40% of the existing statewide underfunding.
Texas bus drivers can send students to principal
June 27, 2013
New legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry gives school bus drivers the authority to address discipline issues on their buses by sending students to the principal’s office. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, states that principals must respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with districts’ student code of conduct.
Anthony Foxx confirmed as U.S. transportation chief
June 27, 2013
The Charlotte, N.C., mayor draws bipartisan support as the Senate votes unanimously to confirm him as the nation's next secretary of transportation. He succeeds Ray LaHood.
Bill would allow audio recordings on school buses
June 24, 2013
New Pennsylvania legislation passed by the state Senate and under consideration in the House would permit the use of such recordings for disciplinary or security purposes, but only if a school board adopts a policy to allow the practice and notifies students and parents of the policy.
New Jersey stop-arm camera bill clears committee
June 19, 2013
The measure would allow video surveillance systems on school buses to catch illegal passers in the act. Violators would also face increased fines, ranging from $300 to $500.
Transportation secretary nominee clears Senate committee
June 12, 2013
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx moves closer to becoming the new U.S. secretary of transportation as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation unanimously approves him. The nomination next goes for a vote in the full Senate.
North Carolina Senate proposes cuts to bus replacement funding
June 6, 2013
Funding would be cut by $28 million for 2013-14, a reduction of 42% under the Senate’s budget bill. Lawmakers are also proposing to increase the mileage limit on school buses in the state from 200,000 miles to 250,000 as a cost-savings measure.
Wyoming lawmakers consider tougher bus-passing penalties
June 6, 2013
The state Legislature’s Joint Education Committee is reportedly interested in raising the penalties for bus-passing violations and making it a stepped offense so that penalties are increased for multiple offenses. The legislators also are considering installing external cameras on all daily route buses to help in catching and citing offenders.
Program makes bus driver certification more efficient
May 29, 2013
Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.
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.

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