OLYMPIA, Wash. — School buses throughout the state could be used for advertising purposes under a bill that was recently introduced in the Washington State Legislature.
Senate Bill 6466 would allow school districts to place advertising and educational material on and in school buses if the material has been approved by the school districts' board of directors. The advertising and educational materials could not be placed on the front or rear of a school bus.
Any revenue received by school districts for the advertisements would be deposited in the districts’ general or transportation vehicle funds.
Sen. Paull Shin proposed the legislation as a way to help balance the state’s budget, saying that current economic conditions require looking at “previously untapped sources of revenue.”
Of the bill, he noted, “Nobody’s trying to inundate your kids with more ads for candy and soda; in fact, every advertisement that would appear will be subject to school board approval.”