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Committee approves McCabe school bus bill


February 7, 2018

This week, the House Education Committee approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Gina McCabe that would help keep students safe while they ride on the school bus.

House Bill 1246 would require all school buses manufactured or assembled after Sept. 1, 2019 to be equipped with a shoulder harness-type seat belt. After that date, every school bus would also be required to have automated school bus safety cameras used to detect ‘stop paddle’ violations and other vehicle infractions.

McCabe, who introduced the bill last year, said she has addressed concerns some lawmakers had over funding for seat belt and camera installations.

“I wouldn’t sponsor this bill if it was going to financially burd...

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