April 25th, 2012
Missouri Bill to Allow School Bus Ads Amended to Include Seat-Belt Mandate
By Michelle Fisher
School Transportation News
Earlier this month, the Missouri House approved a bill that would permit school districts to create new revenue by displaying advertisements on school bus interiors and exteriors, and HB 1273 has since been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. But before sending it to the Senate, the House enacted an amendment that bundles in a separate, and equally controversial, issue — seat belts.
This amendment reads, in part, “no advertising shall be permitted on any new school bus purchased after January 1, 2015, unless such bus is also equipped with passenger safety belts for each student.”