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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.
Bill would cut Calif. district funding to restore transportation money
January 24, 2012
Senate Bill 81 would replace the recent $248 million reduction in funding for home-to-school transportation with an across-the-board reduction to all districts equal to about $42 per student. Officials say this would shift the budget burden to suburban districts that don't offer much bus service.
School bus ad bill passes Ky. House
January 19, 2012
Sponsor Rep. Terry Mills calls it “a simple bill with the sole intent of generating revenue for local school districts.” But some legislators have raised concerns about safety risks and the potential for school-inappropriate ad content.
Ky. school bus ad bill passes committee
January 11, 2012
The state Legislature’s House Education Committee approves House Bill 30, which would allow school boards to sell advertising space on school buses, and give them the authority to decide on the ads’ content. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
Committee narrowly passes Fla. bus ad bill
January 10, 2012
The Senate Prekindergarten-12 Committee passes SB 344 with a 4-2 vote. The bill would have died, but a critic votes for it so that the bill's sponsor can make changes to it.
New Ill. law targets bus driver drug, alcohol testing
December 28, 2011
Under legislation that will take effect Jan. 1, school bus operations can test drivers for alcohol or drugs if the driver is suspected of using such substances. If a driver refuses to submit to a test or fails it, the law requires the driver's school bus permit to be suspended for three years.
$248M slashed for Calif. school transportation
December 15, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown announces the cut on Tuesday as part of nearly $1 billion in mid-year budget reductions to statewide programs. Officials speak out upon hearing the news, including Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials, who says the association will continue to work on a “legislative fix” that would move the transportation cut to an across-the-board revenue limit cut for school districts.
NTSB calls for nationwide ban on driver use of electronics
December 13, 2011
The recommendation to all 50 states and the District of Columbia is to outlaw the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Following its investigation of the 2010 truck-school bus crash in Gray Summit, Mo., the agency also makes recommendations on school bus evacuations, inspections and driver training.
$89M cut to Ill. school transportation stands
December 8, 2011
The Illinois General Assembly fails to restore the funds, cut by Gov. Pat Quinn, in an extended veto session last week. But state pupil transportation director Cinda Meneghetti tells SBF that salaries were restored for personnel at Regional Offices of Education, which perform services including school bus driver training.
Calif. groups fight proposed $248M cut to school transportation
December 8, 2011
The California Association of School Transportation Officials partners with education groups in contacting legislators to urge them to repeal the cut and inform them of the negative impact it would have. Mike Rea, government relations chairperson for the association, discusses these efforts with SBF.
R.I. school bus ad bill to be reintroduced
December 6, 2011
Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow Rhode Island school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior of their school buses. It would also authorize school committees to negotiate with private school bus carriers regarding the content of any ads and the sharing of revenue from them.

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