COLUMBUS, Ohio — State legislators are considering a proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on Ohio school buses.
Under Rep. Kathleen Chandler’s bill, the mandate would apply to new school buses beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Existing school buses wouldn’t have to be retrofitted unless they are sold, leased or rented on or after that date.
The bill would require school bus operators to adopt a disciplinary policy for any passengers who don’t wear their seat belts. But the operators wouldn’t have to ensure that passengers buckle up, and they wouldn’t be held liable for those who don’t.
Chandler is scheduled to present testimony on the bill to other representatives in the Ohio House on Wednesday.