Safety

Lawmakers to again consider illegal bus passing law

Posted on January 3, 2011

LAUREL, Miss. — State lawmakers will once again consider Nathan’s Law during this year's legislative session.

The bill is named after Nathan Key, who was killed in December 2009 by a motorist who passed his stopped school bus as Key was disembarking.

The bill got full support from the state Senate last year, but got tied up in a House committee where certain penalties and requirements were taken out, WDAM reports.

As SBF previously reported, Key's parents, Lori and Andy, garnered support for the legislation at a “Project Safe Child” community event in September.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel co-sponsored the bill in 2010. He reportedly believes that it will have full Senate support in this year's session.

"It passed the Senate unanimously," McDaniel told WDAM. "It wasn't that the House didn't like it. It was that one person in the House didn't like it and he happened to be a committee chairman. There have been minor changes, but the bill stands on its own. We anticipate it will pass unanimously again this year in the Senate."

McDaniel also believes that the bill will become law if it can get through committee and to the floor for a vote.

Related Topics: fatalities, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Comments ( 1 )
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     | about 7 years ago

    How can you not like it? These lawmakers need to be in our seats and feel our spines go cold with fear when someone runs our stop arm. There is more than enough warning for motoist to stop. NO EXCUSES!!!

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