|HI||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Student Transportation|
Provides the department of education with greater flexibility in the contracting of student transportation to improve service delivery and contain escalating costs. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/SB1082_CD1_.PDF ...
|HI||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Contracts for Student Transportation Services|
Exempts contracts for student transportation services from statutory requirements for labor costs. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Bills/SB1083_CD1_.PDF ...
|NH||Became law without governor's signature 07/2013||P-12||Transportation Responsibility|
Provides that a school district is not be responsible for transporting a pupil of divorced parents with joint decision making responsibility beyond the designated attendance area for the school to which the child is assigned.
|OR||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Out of District Transportation Limitations|
Amends existing law to encourage school districts to encourage those wanting to transfer to a different school district to wait until the end of the school year. Requires that costs be incurred for providing transportation solely to persons who are considered...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Discipline of Students by School Bus Drivers|
Permits a school bus driver to send a student to the principal's office to maintain effective discipline on the school bus. Requires that the principal respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with the student code of conduc...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Removal of School Bus Driver|
Directs a school board to immediately remove a school bus operator who is convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to certain offenses relative to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, regardless of whether the violation occurred while the operator was perfor...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Funding Formula Changes|
Among other amendments, this bill (Section 5) eliminates provisions requiring the state department to reimburse option school districts for transportation expenses paid to parents of option students. School districts are still responsible to reimburse the pare...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Trespass on a School Bus in the First Degree|
Amends provisions related to the crime of trespass on a school bus in the first degree. Provides that a person is guilty of this crime if s/he enters a public school bus while the door is open to load or unload students without a lawful purpose. Increases seve...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Dual Enrollment Transportation|
Allows a school district to provide transporation for a pupil participating in an articulated program operated under an agreement between the school district and the postsecondary institution. Page 6 of 214.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||School Transportation|
Provides that a school district may transport a child who does not have a school of origin to the same school attended by that child's sibling, if the siblings are homeless. Page 9 of 214.
|WV||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Relating to the school aid formula|
Amends school aid formula related to transportation. Restricts ten percent additional allowance for school buses using compressed natural gas.
|AR||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Transportation Funding|
Provides special district funding to transport students to alternative schools.
|OK||Vetoed 04/2013||P-12||School Transportation Task Force|
Creates the School Transportation Task Force to study school transportation issues and make recommendations on ways to make school transportation systems more efficient and to reduce transportation costs.
|NY||Vetoed 08/2012||P-12||Transportation of Child of Nonambulatory Parent|
Allows board of education to provide transportation to school for a child living a lesser distance than two miles from school if the parent or guardian of the child is nonambulatory and unable to accompany the child to and from school. http://assembly.state.ny...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Contracts for Pupil Transportation|
In a provision concerning the powers of a school board with regard to the awarding of contracts, deletes references to (1) work/contracts with private carriers for transportation of pupils, and (2) contracts for the transportation of pupils with special needs ...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Transportation of Certain Pre-Kindergarten Students|
Permits a district to authorize transportation for students attending a universal prekindergarten program in addition to transpotation funded by such program or transportation for students attending another district-sponsored or -run prekindergarten program, w...
|NJ||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Transportation Requirements for Disabled Students|
Requires school buses transporting certain disabled persons to use flashing lights and establishes penalties for drivers who fail to yield.
|HI||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Safe Routes to School Program|
Permanently establishes within the department of transportation the safe routes to school program to, among other purposes, enhance traffic safety around schools, and enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school. Creates the position of safe rou...
|MO||Vetoed 06/2012||P-12||Regarding Travel Hardships for Public School Students|
This bill changes the laws regarding travel hardships for public school students by prohibiting any current or retired school administrator from appointment to a board of arbitration regarding an appeal regarding a change in a school district's boundaries in ...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Number of Out-of-State Miles a District Vehicle May Travel|
Increases the number of miles a district board may authorize its motor vehicles for out-of-state travel from 240 to 1,000 miles per trip. http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_437_EN_N.pdf...
|NY||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||New York City Busing|
Provides that in New York City, the requirement that a district provide transportation equally to all children in like circumstances does not apply to the use of existing contract bus service provided for 7th and 8th graders. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?d...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||BRAC Districts, Use of BRAC Bonds Funds for School Bus Fleets|
Changes the baseline date for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Distributions provisions in the education code from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2006. Increases the amount the Alabama Public School and College Authority is authorized to issue bonds for ...
|ME||SIGNED 05/2012||P-12||An Act To Define Cost Responsibility for Transporting Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students to the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, (LD 1839)|
This bill clarifies that the school administrative unit is responsible for the costs of transporting students who are placed in an educational program at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf....
|AK||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Transportation Funding|
Amends the amount of state funding provided to school districts for pupil transportation; Directs the department to adopt regulations that provide for oversight of and support to school districts in achieving a safe and cost-effective student transportation sy...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Physical Aptitude of School Bus Drivers|
Establishes the Lieutenant Dexter Holcomb Act. Prohibits a local board from hiring or entering into any agreement with any person for the purposes of operating a school bus transporting students unless the person is physically qualified to drive a school bus. ...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Average Daily Membership|
Limits the window during which the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) can conduct Average Daily Membership (ADM) audits to three years from the time the monitoring or audit activity begins; Allows ADE to adjust funding for a school district or charter schoo...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Pupil Transportation; Insurance Requirements|
Increases the minimum amount of vehicle liability insurance required to be carried by public schools in the instances of property damage, medical expense payment coverage, and accidents when all persons are injured. The bill also requires taxicabs providing tr...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Background Checks for School Bus Drivers|
Requires background checks for school bus drivers and makes penalties applicable.
|NY||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Transportation after 5 PM|
A.B. 9057 - Transportation after 5 PM
Part A, Section 16: For the 2012-13 school year, requires New York City school district to either (1) provide transportation after 5 pm for public and nonpublic K-6 students enrolled at regularly scheduled academic classes from 9:30 am or earlier to 5 pm or la...
|MN||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||School Bus Safety and Standards|
Modifies provisions relating to school bus safety and standards for buses manufactured after December 31, 2012. Adds provisions for auxiliary fans and surveillance systems.
|UT||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Compensation of Transportation Employees|
H.B. 156 - Compensation of Transportation Employees
Repeals provision that directed local boards to provide salary adjustments to transportation employees comparable to those of classified employees authorized under Section 53A-17a-137, when dividing the weighted pupil unit for salary adjustment purposes. http:...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Free School Transportation|
Provides that no fee may be charged to a parent or student for transportation to and from school if a school corporation provides transportation or contracts with an educational service center to provide transportation. Provides that parent supplemental transp...
|ME||Issued 09/2011||P-12||Pilot Program to Refurbish School Buses|
E.O. 24 FY 11/12
Directs the department of education and the Maine Military Authority to establish a pilot program to refurbish school administrative unit school buses that meet eligibility criteria to be determined jointly by the department and the authority. Provides the gov...
|NY||Vetoed 09/2011||P-12||NYC Student Transportation Contracts|
Relates to contracts for transportation of children; requires that in New York City, the board of education or the city school district award a contract or contracts for transportation pursuant to an evaluation of proposals submitted in response to a request f...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2011||P-12||Multifunction School-Activity Bus|
Provides that "multifunction school-activity bus" means a school bus manufactured for the purpose of transporting 11 or more persons (rather than 11 to 15 persons), including the driver, whose purposes do not include transporting students to and from home or s...
|NH||Adopted 08/2011||P-12||Alternative Education, Tuition and Transportation|
NH ADC Ed 1301.01; NH ADC Ed 1302.01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06; NH ADC Ed 1303.01, 02; NH ADC Ed 1304.01; NH ADC Ed 1405.01
Implements alternative education programs at regional career and technical education centers or associated high schools. Adds language for 'at risk' students and for tuition and transportation for 'at risk' students as required by changes in the state law of ...
|TX||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Student Transportation Fee|
S.B. 1 - Student Transportation Fee
Authorizes a board of trustees, under certain circumstances, to require payment of a reasonable fee for student transportation to and from school. Page 138 of 263: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/821/billtext/pdf/SB00001F.pdf#navpanes=0...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Privatization of Transportation Services|
H.B. 153 - Privatization of Transportation Services
Permits the board of a district to which the provisions of Chapter 124 of the revised code do not apply to terminate any of its transportation staff positions and enter into a contract with an independent agent for the provision of transportation services for ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Bus Passes and Cards|
Permits a school district to use transportation allotment funds to provide bus passes or cards to students for whom the district's regular transportation system is not a feasible method of providing transportation.
|NV||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Buses|
AN ACT relating to motor vehicles; establishing provisions for new school buses purchased on and after July 1, 2014, governing the permissible flammability of occupant seating and plastic components contained within the engine compartments of the school buses;...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Requires that any school bus procured for use in the state on or after January 1, 2014, be constructed with materials that enable it to meet the fire safety criteria established by the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures adopted at the...
|NH||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Mixed-Use School Buses|
Permits pupils to be transported to or from school or a school-sponsored activity in a mixed use school bus that bears a valid state inspection sticker
|MD||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||State Vechile Use of Biofuel|
Allows state vehicles and state-owned heavy equipment to use any other biofuel, in addition to 5% biodiesel (called B5), as long as it is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a fuel or fuel additive or approved by the EPA Renewable Fue...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||School Transportation|
S.B. 1263--Transportation Fees
Permits schools to charge pupils for transportation expenses for field trips, athletic events and extracurricular activities unless state or federal law requires that transportation be provided. This provisison would not entitle school districts to additional ...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Parental monitors on school buses|
Authorizes a school district board of directors to create and implement a program to authorize a parent of a child enrolled in the school district to act as a monitor in a school bus. Directs the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Tr...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Amending Opportunity Public School Choice Act|
Amends transportation policies affecting open enrollment students. Authorizes the receiving districts or charters to transport students to and from the transferring district or charter school, and the cost of transporting students will be the responsibility of...
|KS||Adopted 03/2011||P-12||School Finance|
Allows Fort leavenworth Unified School Distrit 207 t0 transport grades 10 through 12 students who reside at Forth Leavenworth to Leavenworth High School in Unified School District 453. Requires related transportation weighting to be calculated using only stude...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Transportation|
An Act requiring school boards to approve pick-up locations for any open enrolled students who are transported in their resident school districts by receiving school districts.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Video-monitoring Systems|
H.B. 1911/S.B. 946
Authorizes localities to adopt ordinances to allow local school divisions to install and operate video-monitoring systems on school buses in order to detect drivers passing stopped school buses. This bill is identical to SB 946.
|DE||Signed into law 09/2010||P-12||Unique Hazard Bus Routes|
Shifts cost of "unique hazard" bus routes to local school districts and creates a committee to recommend further cost reductions and savings in student transportation. (section 357)
|NY||Signed into law 08/2010||P-12||Regional Transportation Systems Pilot Program|
A.B. 11566 - Section 10
Directs the commissioner of education to conduct one or more pilot programs to assist school districts in the formation of regional transportation systems. Provides these may include providing transportation services jointly with other school districts or boar...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12||Reimbursement for Transportation of Early Learning Pupils|
Provides that when calculating the state reimbursement for transportation costs, the state board of education may not deduct the number of pupils enrolled in early education programs from the number of pupils eligible for reimbursement if the pupils enrolled i...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12||Transportation Contracts|
Extends for another three years until January 1, 2014 chapter 55 of the laws of 1995 as amended by chapter 267 of the laws of 2007, relating to student transportation contract provisions. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=A11067&Summary=Y&...
|AK||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12||Governor's Coordinated Transportation Task Force|
Resulting from report on 2/11/10 to the governor of earlier transportation task force. Recommendation from that task force proposed reconstitution of the task force to complete the work started with the initial effort and to perform additional tasks. The Gover...
|MI||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Pupil Transportation Act Amendments|
Amends the Pupil Transportation Act to require school bus drivers to meet the physical requirements specified in federal law for operators of commercial motor vehicles, with an exception for individuals with diabetes who were employed as bus drivers on the bil...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Defining and Lengthening School Year|
Defines "student instructional hours" as time during which students are engaged in learning activities, including regularly-scheduled instruction and learning assessments within the curriculum, and excludes lunch, recess or passing time. Directs the department...
|GA||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||School Bus Replacement Funds|
H.B. 936 - Section 1
Provides that the replacement allowance for purchasing new school buses must also be available to refurbish existing school buses. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/pdf/hb936.pdf...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Boards of Education Cooperative Arrangement|
Establishes a grant in fiscal year 2012 to any municipality whose board of education makes a cooperative arrangement with at least one other board of education to provide school transportation that results in a savings in fiscal year 2011. The grant is in addi...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12|
Defines "educational institution" as any K-12 school, child care learning center, or college, university, technical school or other institution of higher learning. Bars any educational institution receiving state funds to enter into a contract for student tran...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Certain School Vehicles Not Required to Have Seat Belts|
Clarifies that a certain type of school vehicle is not required to be equipped with seat belts and is not subject to specified regulations if it is used by specified schools, camps, day nurseries, or day care centers to transport children. http://mlis.state.md...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Vocational-Technical Schools Bus Replacement|
S.B. 379 - Sec. 5 and 6
Requires the state board of education to inspect the busses in operation at vocational-technical schools and to replace any school bus in service at a vocational-technical school that is 10 years or older; Requires the superintendent of the vocational-technica...
|WV||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||School Bus Safety Measures|
Increases the penalties for overtaking and passing a school bus stopped for the purpose of receiving and discharging children; authorizes the mounting of cameras on school buses; requests an educational information campaign on school bus safety. http://www.leg...
|WV||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||School Bus Driver Certification|
Requires school bus supervisors to be certified to operate a bus or previously certified to operate a bus; modifies the test frequency for re- certifying a bus operators. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4512%20SUB%20ENR.htm&yr...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Exception to Law Prohibiting Driver of School Vehicle From Using Wireless Telephone|
This bill establishes an exception for the use of a handheld telephone utilizing push-to-talk technology by an individual operating a commercial motor vehicle to the prohibitions against using a handheld telephone while driving, as specified in SB 321. SB 321 ...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Prohibits Driver of School Vehicle Carrying Passengers From Using a Handheld Telephone|
This bill prohibits the driver of a school vehicle that is carrying passengers and is in motion from using a handheld telephone. The prohibition also applies to the holder of a learner's instructional permit or provisional driver's license who is age 18 or old...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Alcohol Consumption While Transporting Children|
Provides that any person who possesses or consumes an alcoholic beverage while operating a school bus while transporting children is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
|OH||Signed into law 12/2009||P-12||Background Checks of School Bus/Van Drivers|
H.B. 19 - School Bus/Van Drivers
Directs the department to amend rule 3301-83-23 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) that took effect August 27, 2009, and that specifies the offenses that disqualify a person for employment as a school bus or school van driver and establishes rehabilitation ...
|IL||To governor 11/2009||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Directs the secretary of state to suspend a school bus driver permit for 3 years upon receiving notice from the employer that the holder failed to perform a post-trip inspection in accordance with applicable inspection policies. Requires that a school bus cont...
|IL||Adopted 11/2009||P-12||Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision|
23 IAC 1.20, .30, .100, .240, .420, .465, .480, .510, .737
Partially from "Notice of Adopted Amendments" in Illinois Register (changes from this rulemaking but not listed below are technical in nature or echo recent changes in legislation):
Section 1.20: Revised to distinguish among the appropriate levels of sign-of...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2009||Community College|
|Transportation Fees in Community College Districts|
Amends existing law that authorizes the governing boards of specified community college districts to require that a transportation service fee be paid only by students and employees using those services. Extends the transportation fee authority to include any ...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2009||P-12||Penalties for Schoolbus Idling|
Amends existing law which establishes toxic control measures to limit schoolbus idling and idling at schools and regulates drivers of schoolbuses, transit buses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses, general public paratransit vehicles and specified transi...
|CA||Vetoed 10/2009||P-12||Walking Schoolbus|
Authorizes the governing board of any school district to establish and maintain a walking schoolbus, defined as a group of pupils walking to and from school with one or more supervising adults, for the purpose of ensuring the safe passage of pupils to and from...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2009||P-12||Charter Schools Transportation|
S.B. 509 - Charter School Transportation
Repeals provision that provides that charter schools are eligible for a transportation allowance to cover the costs of purchasing or renting vehicles, contracting and paying for the transportation of pupils to and from school by a common carrier or a municipal...
|NC||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Sex Offender Can't Drive School Bus With Children|
Provides that the Division of Motor Vehicles shall not issue or renew commercial drivers licenses with endorsements that qualify a person to drive a commercial passenger vehicle or school bus for anyone required to register under the sex offender and public pr...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Reporting School Bus Driver Performance|
Amends text to appear on the rear of each school bus regarding reporting driver performance. Adds that the area code must precede the phone number of the owner of the school bus. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/HB/PDF/09600HB0353lv.pdf...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Fees for School Bus Driver Courses|
Amends provisions concerning the duty of the regional superintendent of schools to conduct courses of instruction for school bus drivers. Allows an increase in fees for providing such courses. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/SB/PDF/09600SB0269lv.pdf...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Student Transportation|
Removes a provision in the School Code that allows a school district to transport not more than 15 students to and from an interscholastic athletic or other interscholastic activity in a van. Provides instead that students may be transported only in a school b...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Transportation of Special Needs Students|
Adds contracts providing for the transportation of pupils with special needs or disabilities to the list of exceptions to the requirement that certain contracts be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. Provides that these contracts must be advertised in th...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||School Bus Drivers Called to Active Duty|
Provides that when a school bus driver permit holder who is a service member is called to active duty, the employer must notify the secretary of state thereof. Provides the permit must be considered inactive until the holder renews the permit. Provides if the ...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Speeding Fine Funds|
Amends provisions specifying which programs may receive funds realized from fines for violating special speed limit in school zone. Adds the Safe Routes to School Program and safety programs within the School Safety and Educational Improvement Block Grant Prog...
|OH||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Privatization of Student Transportation Services|
H.B. 1 - Section 3319.0810
Repeals Section 3319.0810, which allowed local boards to terminate student transportation staff positions for reasons of economy and efficiency if the board entered into a contract with an independent agent to provide transportation services. Page 2725 of 3120...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||School Transportation|
Requires all school buses with diesel engines to be retrofitted with 2007 equivalent engines and 2007 fine particulate matter capture technology by January 1, 2017 or replaced by recently manufactured school buses by 2025. Chapter 631
|UT||Adopted 07/2009||P-12||Student Transportation Costs|
Provides significant new and revised language throughout to reflect legislative audit findings and funding formula study committee recommendations regarding student transportation standards and procedures. http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bulletin/2009/20090...
|UT||Adopted 07/2009||P-12||Standards for School Buses and Operations|
Amends rule to provide for use of electronic and telecommunication devices on school buses. Adds provision requiring school bus drivers to perform an end of bus route inspection to ensure that all students are off the bus. Removes antiquated language. http://w...
|WI||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Contracts for Transporting Private School Pupils|
Adds new provision relating to transportation contracts for two or more private school pupils living in the same household.
Page 479 of 692: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/acts/09Act28.pdf...
|WI||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Funding Adjustments for School Safety Plans, School Nurses, Transportation, and Energy Efficiency|
Adds 121.91 (4) (L). Defines "local law enforcement agency". Provides additional funding if a local board and local law enforcement agency (1) jointly develop a school safety plan that specifies the purposes
of the additional revenue, (2) the school safety pla...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Transportation|
Includes costs to retrofit or replace school buses for the purpose of reducing or eliminating diesel engine emissions in calculations of approved transportation costs for State School Fund distributions. Chapter 458
|TN||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Extends Use of Older Buses|
Allows school buses to be used up to 20 years of service, subject to annual safety inspections, by extending permissible, yearly waiver limit for their service life after initial 12 years of service from current three years to eight years.
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Seatbelts in School Passenger Vans|
Relates to the transportation of children in passenger vans; creates an offense if a person allows a child younger than 17 years of age who is not required to be secured in a child passenger safety seat system to ride in a passenger van designed to transport 1...
|NC||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||School Bus Safety/Detection and Prosecution of Individuals Who Pass Stopped School Buses|
Provides for the use of automated camera or video recording systems to detect and prosecute individuals who pass stopped school buses; increases the penalty for striking and causing the death of a person when passing a stopped school bus. http://www.ncga.state...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Safe Transit to and from School|
Requires the director of transportation to award federal grants for school-based workshops and community planning that will reduce traffic congestion, encourage walking and bicycling, and increase health and safety. Requires the director of transportation to s...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Not Stopping For a School Bus/Additional Penalities|
Provides an additional penalty for violations of provisions that require traffic to stop for a school bus.
|NV||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Finance|
Ensures sufficient funding for K-12 public education for the 2009-2011 biennium; makes appropriations for class size reduction; authorizes school district bonds for purchase of school buses. Chapter 389
|MN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Postcrash Procedures|
Provides for postcrash procedures by a police officer responding to an accident involving a school bus or head start bus.
|WA||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Transportation of Homeless Students|
Relates to special needs transportation; establishes a work group to study special needs transportation and funding; provides for pilot projects to demonstrate cost sharing opportunities, including opportunities among public paratransit and Medicaid nonemergen...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||K-12 Technical Bill for 2009|
Statement of intent: Legislative Bill 549 is the K-12 education technical bill for 2009. Substantive changes would include reducing the time a district would be allowed to contract for the instruction of all students from 3 years to 2 years, adding a requireme...
|ID||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Transportation Finance|
Relates to public school transportation support; provides that the only miles for which costs may be reimbursed shall be miles for transporting students; revises the calculation of reimbursement; relates to qualifying as a hardship bus run; provides that the D...
|IN||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Transportation|
Requires the operator of a school bus or special purpose bus to visually inspect each seat within the bus at the end of each trip during which passengers are transported to determine that no passengers remain on the bus; requires the owner of a school bus or s...
|IN||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||School Bus Drivers|
Relates to physicians allowed to certify that an individual is physically able to drive a school bus; allows a physician who is licensed in the state or a bordering state to certify that an individual is physically able to drive a school bus. Public Law 82....
|WA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Alternate Transportation|
Addresses alternative student transportation; establishes a safe routes to school program within the department of transportation; requires the department of transportation to administer a competitive grant program for the safe routes to school program; create...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Safe Routes to School Program|
Requires the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to establish and implement the Safe Routes to Schools program, a federally-funded program with the goal of increasing physical activity in school-aged children by increasing the number of children walking and ...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||School Bus Safety Equipment Grant Pilot Program|
Creates the School Bus Safety Equipment Grant Pilot Program to assist school districts in equipping school buses with video recording devices or other electronic warning devices to reduce the incidents of drivers who illegally pass a school bus.
|AR||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Checks for all Public School Employees and Bus Drivers|
Enhances the safety of children by requiring central registry checks for all public school employees and bus drivers.
|AR||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Bus Safety Plans|
Requires the Superintendent and Director of Transportation of each school district, in consultation with the appropriate law enforcement agency and prosecuting authority, to develop a school bus safety plan to reduce the occurrence of a motor vehicle passing a...
|AL||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Biodiesel in School Buses|
Urges the use of biodiesel in diesel-powered public school buses to reduce diesel emissions....
|IN||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12|
Adds school corporations, colleges, and universities to the list of entities that are eligible to apply for a grant under the E85 fueling station grant program. Public Law 4.
|GA||Adopted 03/2009||P-12||School Bus Retrofit Grant Program|
Establishes guidelines for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program School Bus Retrofit Grant Program and the Diesel Engine Retrofit Act State Diesel Grant Program. http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/391/3/21/10.pdf...
|OR||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Transportation|
Exempts school buses and school activity vehicles from certain size limitations; declares emergency, effective on passage. Chapter 31
|TX||Adopted 02/2009||P-12||School Bus Safety Standards|
37 TAC 1.14.D.14.51 -.54
Sets forth the vehicle equipment specifications for school buses, school activity buses and multifunction school activity buses. http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=37&pt=1&ch=14&sch=D&rl=Y...
|TX||Adopted 02/2009||P-12||School Bus Safety Standards|
37 TAC 1.14.A.14.1
Establishes definitions relating to school bus safety standards....
|TX||Adopted 02/2009||P-12||School Bus Drivers|
37 TAC 1.14.B.14.11 -.14
Adopts rules concerning school bus driver eligibility and application procedures. http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=37&pt=1&ch=14&sch=B&rl=Y...
|TX||Adopted 02/2009||P-12||School Bus Drivers|
37 TAC 1.14.C.14.31 -.36
Sets forth the requirements of the driver safety training program for drivers of school buses, school activity buses and multifunction school activity buses. http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=37&pt=1&ch=14&sch=C&rl=Y...
|TX||Adopted 02/2009||P-12||Advertising on School Buses|
37 TAC 1.14.E.14.61 -.65
Sets forth the advertising display requirements for school buses (repeals and replaces earlier language). Establishes a traffic crash reporting requirement for school buses that are displaying exterior advertising. http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$e...
|Finance and Facilities|
Relates to sufficient textbook requirements, county superintendent revenue limits, school district building maintenance funding, funding for school and community college districts, pupil retention block grants, charter school block grants, pupil oral health as...
|MA||Signed into law 12/2008||P-12||Bus Driver Training in First Aid|
Relates to the licensing of school bus drivers; requires such drivers to be trained in a basic course in first aid including the administration of an epinephrine auto injector; adds the term sex offender to sections governing in licensure of such drivers.
|MA||Signed into law 12/2008||P-12||Idling of Vehicles on School Grounds|
Improves school campus air quality; restricts idling of school buses and personal motor vehicles on school grounds.
|CA||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||transportation|
Provides a school or a school district would not be liable for transportation services provided by an operator of a charter-party carrier for which neither has contracted, arranged, or provided. Requires the review and, if necessary, revision of training and o...
|NY||Vetoed 09/2008||P-12||Child Living Less Than 2 Miles from School|
Allows board of education to provide transportation to school for a child living a lesser distance than two miles from school if the parent or guardian of the child is nonambulatory and unable to accompany the child to and from school. http://assembly.state.ny...
|NM||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Funds for Higher Transportation Costs|
Appropriates money from the general fund to the Public Education Department to provide supplemental funding to school districts for higher school bus fuel costs; provides that the distribution of funding shall be based on miles traveled for to-and- from transp...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Crossing Railroad Tracks|
Requires a driver of a school bus to open the service door and driver's window before crossing a railroad track or tracks. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB2182lv.pdf...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Passing Vehicles in School Zones|
Prohibits passing other motor vehicles in school zones during posted hours. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=504101...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Automated Bus Traffic Violation Monitoring|
Authorizes the State and its municipalities to install automated systems on school buses to detect and monitor school bus traffic violations; takes effect upon passage; relates to video monitoring systems; relates to vendors; provides that reimbursement shall ...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Crossing Railroad Tracks|
Requires school buses, whether transporting passengers or not, and motor vehicles carrying passengers for hire, to stop at railroad crossings and only proceed when safe to do so. Requires a school bus driver, after coming to a complete stop, to open the door o...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||School Bus Warranty Repair Work|
Authorizes school bus warranty repair work to be performed by repair facilities, authorized by the manufacturer or distributor, that are not school bus dealers. Clarifies that manufacturers may authorize that warranty and other repair or maintenance services b...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Cell Phones and Bus Drivers|
Prohibit school bus operators from using cell phones while driving. Provides exceptions for enumerated emergency situations. Provides that a violation of this prohibition is a misdemeanor, and establishes maximum penalties. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdat...
|CA||Rejected by voters 06/2008||P-12||Fuel costs|
2008 Ballot., Proposition 10, Petition 1332 (07-0101, Amdt. 2S). Creates the Renewable Energy and Clean Alternative Fuel Act. Authorizes the issuance of a specified amount of bonds to provide cash payments to purchasers of certain high fuel economy and alterna...
|DE||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||State Board Oversight of School Buses|
Removes State Board of Education oversight over the design and operation of school buses.
|TN||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Special Hazards/Access to Transportation|
Requires districts upon request of a parent to survey area within one and one-half miles of school to determine if any special hazards for students walking to such school exist; The district is required to send positive findings to the commissioner of transpor...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Bus Safety Week|
Declare the third week of October "School Bus Safety Week." http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/pdf/hb790.pdf...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day|
Declares the third Monday of October "School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day." http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/pdf/hb791.pdf...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Bus Routes and Railroad Crossings|
Relates to the installation of protective devices at railroad grade crossings. Requires that school districts annually provide the department of transportation with a list identifying each rail crossing that does not have active warning devices on an establish...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Bus Drivers|
Relates to pupil transportation and type III school bus drivers; provides a holder of a class D driver's license, without a school bus endorsement, may operate a type III bus if the operator is an employee of the entity that owns, lease, or contracts for the s...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Transportation of Nonpublic School Students|
By September 30 of each year, requires the secretary of the transportation cabinet to report to the general assembly's interim committee on appropriations and revenue the following information for those fiscal court applications received by the transportation ...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||School Bus Safety Signals|
Concerns school bus safety signals requirements; replaces current statutory equipment standards for a school bus with the current federal regulation.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||No Wireless Telecommunications While Operating A Bus|
Prohibits use of wireless telecommunications devices by persons operating school buses, except in emergencies, or when the vehicle is lawfully parked and for the purposes of dispatching. Use of two-way radio devices authorized by the school bus owner, however...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Idling School Buses|
Modifies the Environmental Quality Code and the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to school buses. Requires the state board of education to adopt idling reduction standards and implement an idling reduction program. Appropriates funds for a c...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||No Bus Drivers Under Age 18|
Removes the exclusion for drivers of school buses that allowed children under 18 years of age to work as as a driver of a truck or commercial vehicle of more than two axles. In other words, prohibits drivers under the age of 18 to drive a school bus.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||No Wireless Communications Devices for Bus Drivers|
Prohibits use of wireless telecommunications devices by persons operating school buses, except in emergencies or when the vehicle is lawfully parked and for the purposes of dispatching. Does not apply to two-way radio devices authorized by the owner of the sch...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Restraining School Bus Passengers Age 4-7|
Requires school bus passengers between the age of four and seven to be restrained in accordance with one of the methods set forth in subdivision one or two of section 1229-c of the vehicle and traffic code (vehicle and traffic code accessible through this link...
|MI||Signed into law 01/2008||P-12||Student Transportation Policies|
S.B. 730 (sec. 1321)
Specified policies and requirements for transporting students to schools.
|CA||Signed into law 10/2007||P-12||Transportation|
Authorizes state and local entities to secure and expend federal funds appropriated under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users for programs relating to highway safety improvements that can reduce the number ...
|CA||Vetoed 10/2007||P-12||biodiesel fuels|
Specifies standards for biodiesel and biodiesel blends and for renewable diesel and renewable diesel blends. Requires notification of consumers by retailers of the fuel's biodiesel content. Authorizes school districts to use a biodiesel fuel blend to operate a...
|OR||Adopted 10/2007||P-12||School Buses|
Prohibits use of school buses manufactured before April 1977 beginning August 1, 2008. ...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Idling of School Bus Engines|
Requires the commissioner of education to promulgate regulations requiring school districts with a significant number of children with asthma, and those other school districts deemed appropriate by the commissioner, to minimize the idling of school bus engines...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Electronic Recordings in School Buses|
Exempts from an eavesdropping violation an electronic recording, motion picture, videotape, digital, or other visual or audio recording, made of the interior of a school bus while the school bus is being used in the transportation of students to and from schoo...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Post-Trip Inspection Policy for School Buses|
Requires each school district, by January 1, 2008, to have in place a policy to ensure that the school bus driver is the last person leaving every school bus and that no passenger is left behind or remains on the vehicle at the end of a route, a work shift, or...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Reporting Erratic School Bus Driving|
Requires each school bus to display a readable sign indicating the telephone number of the owner of the school bus, and indicating that the number is to be called to report erratic driving by the school bus driver. Directs the owner of each school bus to estab...
|NC||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Biodiesel|
Requires public school buses or other vehicles for student transportation that are capable of operating on diesel fuel to be capable of operating on diesel fuel with a minimum biodiesel concentration of b-20.
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Pilot Reduction of Diesel Emissions|
Establishes a pilot program to provide funds for local school administrative units to retrofit school buses in order to reduce diesel emissions from certain diesel school buses registered in counties located in areas designated as nonattainment or maintenance ...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Passing Stopped School Bus|
Makes passing a stopped school bus and striking a person and causing serious bodily injury a felony.
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||School Bus Endorsements|
Requires a commercial drivers license that has a school bus endorsement to expire three years after it is issued.
|NY||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Federal School Bus Safety Standards|
Provides no person may operate a school for which there are no applicable federal school bus safety standards unless all occupants are restrained by an approved safety belt. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A03978&sh=t...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Bus Drivers Using Cell Phones|
Makes it unlawful to use additional technology or a mobile telephone to engage in a call while operating a public or private school bus, a school activity bus, or providing contracted transportation services for a public or private school in any vehicle.
|LA||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||School Bus Crossing Control Devices|
Requires every school bus to be equipped with a crossing control device by January 1, 2008. Requires the state to reimburse local school boards that have expended funds for this purpose. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=449875...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Reduction in Diesel Emissions|
Requires the Environmental Quality Commission to establish a goal to reduce excess lifetime risk of cancer due to exposure to diesel engine emissions to no more than one case per million individuals by 2017. In setting the goal, the commission is required to i...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Restraint Systems on School Buses|
Requires passenger safety restraint systems be installed and used on new school buses operated by public or private schools.
|LA||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Reemployment of Retired School Bus Drivers|
Provides for reemployment of retired school bus drivers; provides for contributions and employer reporting requirements. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=449533...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Transportation of 8 or Fewer Students|
Allows the use of school pupil transport vehicles for the transport of eight (8) or fewer pupils to and from school and school related services; this act would take effect on August 15, 2007.
|RI||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Bus Emergency Brakes|
Requires that school bus emergency brakes, commencing with model year 2010, be equipped with an interlock brake system that, once applied, may only be released when the brake pedal is depressed and the key is in the ignition.
|RI||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Transportation for Afterschool Programs|
Creates a sixteen member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to study transportation for afterschool and childcare programs....
|SC||Veto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2007||P-12||Maximum School Bus Ride Time, Driver Training, etc.|
Provides for the maximum school bus ride time, school bus driver certification training, provides that parents are responsible for the safety, conduct, and timely arrival of their children to, from, and at the school bus stop; and that the number of students o...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||No Pre-1977 School Buses|
Prohibits the use of school buses manufactured before April 1, 1977; provides that operation of a prohibited school bus is a Class B traffic violation, punishable by a maximum fine of $ 360....
|NY||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||P.J.'s Law|
Enacts P.J.'s law; directs the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations requiring school bus drivers and school bus attendants on a bus transporting a child or children with a disability to complete training, twice a year, on the special n...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Bus Drivers' Requirements|
Recognizes that school bus drivers have to have an annual physical and for an intrastate CDL.
|TX||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Prohibits persons who have committed offenses such as vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident from operating a school bus for
10 years after said offense. Defines "multifunction school activity bus" and prohibi...
|TX||Vetoed 06/2007||P-12||No Diesel Engine Idling|
Prohibits school buses with diesel engines from idling at schools or school events.
|TX||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Transportation Access|
Requires a county or school district to allow a parent to designate a grandparent's residence or child-care facility for the purpose of accessing transportation to and from the child's school if the location is on an approved route.
|VT||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||School Bus Idling|
Prohibits the operator of a school bus from idling the engine while waiting for children to board at a school.
|TN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Bus Driver Requirements|
Requires school bus drivers to deposit student at student's destination and makes failure to do so Class C misdemeanor punishable by fine only of up to $ 100; requires Local Education Agencies to assure school bus drivers understand their duties and responsibi...
|WA||Signed into law (partial veto) 05/2007||P-12||Bus Replacement Incentive (Lower Emissions)|
Part of this bill requires the implementation of a new school bus replacement incentive program for vehicles with less emissions for the 2007 model year and provides funding therefor; requires all public agencies to satisfy their motor vehicle fuel usage from ...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||School Bus Size and Speed Limits|
Extends the maximum permitted length of a conventional school bus from 38 to 42 feet. Increases the highway speed limit for a school bus to 60 miles an hour.
|OR||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Notification of Bus Driver Driving Status|
Directs Department of Transportation to notify Department of Education of suspension, cancellation or revocation of driving privileges of person who holds school bus endorsement.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Transportation for ELL Program|
H.F. 2245 [High Needs ESL]
Authorizes district to provide transportation to allow a student who attends a high-need English language learner program and who resides within the transportation attendance area of the program to continue in the program until the student completes the highe...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Speeding Fines in School Zones|
Doubles speeding fines in school zones. Page 11 of 12: http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2008/8.pdf...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Bus Drivers|
Relates to requirements for drivers of school vehicles. Specifies that if a school vehicle for which a commercial driver's license is not required, but which is designed to seat ten to fifteen passengers, the individual must: (1) Hold a North Dakota driver's l...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Methodology for Transportation Funding|
The Office of Financial Management (OFM), in consultation with Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC), will contract for the development of two options for a student transportation fun...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Use of Cell Phone by School Bus Driver|
Defines the term cellular telephone; prohibits the use of cellular telephones by a school bus driver; establishes the fine for using cellular telephone while driving a school bus. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/07RS/HB230/bill.doc...
|NV||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Bus Displaying Flashing Red Signal|
Requires drivers to stop at any location for a school bus displaying a flashing red light signal.
|ID||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Hardship Bus Runs|
S.B. 1236 (Section 10)
Clarifies uniquely difficult geographic circumstances under which a district may be reimbursed by the state board for transportation costs above the standard threshold. Session Law Chapter 352
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Nonpublic school student transportation|
Permits local school boards to enter into agreements with nonpublic schools in the school division to provide student transportation for a fee to and from the nonpublic schools. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB2302ER...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||School Bus Warning Devices|
Requires that any new bus placed into service on or after July 1, 2007, shall be equipped with warning devices that, at a minimum, include a nonsequential system of red traffic warning lights, a warning sign with flashing lights, and a crossing control arm suc...
|WV||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Maximum School Bus Length|
Modifies the statutory limitation on the length of school buses to not exceed forty-five feet, exclusive of front and rear bumpers. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2007_SESSIONS/RS/BILLS/hb2781%20enr.htm...
|WV||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||School Board Personnel Mileage Reimbursement|
Requires local school boards to reimburse school personnel for mileage costs when they are required to use a personal motor vehicle in the course of their employment at a minimum rate that is at least the same for state employees who are reimbursed for mileage...
|WV||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Education Code Amendments|
Amends Education Code in the following ways:
1) Prescribes authorities of county school boards.
2) Expands purposes for which schools may expend funds.
3) Establishes certain vehicle and driver safety requirements for transporting students to a school-sponso...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||School Bus Safety Hotline Decals|
Provides that local school boards may display decals relating to local school division bus safety hotlines on school buses; local school divisions must bear the cost of such decals. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB1920ER...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||School Bus Interstate/Hwy. Max Speed Limit|
Increases the maximum speed limit to 60 miles per hour for school buses traveling on interstates and highways where the speed limit is greater than 55 miles per hour. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB1729ER...
|AK||Adopted 02/2007||P-12||PUPIL TRANSPORTATION|
4 AAC 27
Amends rules to the Department of Education and Early Development.Adopts the national specifications and revisions into the Alaska MinimumStandards for School Buses, 2006 Revised Edition. ALASKA 3454
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Proper Use of Activity Buses|
Directs each local board of education operating activity buses to adopt a policy for the proper use of buses for travel to athletic events during the regular season and playoffs and travel to other school-sponsored activities. Directs the departments of public...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Passing a Stopped School Bus|
Prevents a person who is guilty of passing a stopped school bus from receiving a prayer for judgment under any circumstances.
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Schoolchildren's Health Act|
Enacts the schoolchildren 's health act. Provisions relate to: (1) sealing arsenic-treated wood in playgrounds and testing the soil on school grounds for contamination; (2) reducing students' exposure to diesel emissions from school buses; (3) studying mold an...
|NJ||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Revised School Bus Diesel Emissions Requirement|
Revises the mandated installation requirement of closed crankcase technology on regulated school buses to comply with the state's ultra low sulfur diesel fuel law for motor vehicles by requiring the owner of a regulated school bus to submit a cost estimate to ...
|MI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||School Bus Stoppage Guidelines|
Prescribes the means and conditions for a school bus driver to activate and deactive alternately flashing lights when the school bus is stopping, stopped or proceeding from a stop on a highway or private road for the purpose of receiving or discharging student...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Transportation of Special Education Students|
H.B. 7841; S.B. 2489
Requires that the state department of administration and the Rhode Island public transit authority develop a plan for the creation and implementation of a statewide system of transportation of students with special needs and for all students including those wi...
|WA||Rule Adoption 07/2006||P-12||Schoolbus Driver Qualification Rulemaking Authority|
WAC 180-20-009, -021, -101 thru -103, -111, -112, - 135, -140, -145
Complies with legislation passed during the 2006 session. Transfers the authority to adopt rules governing the training and qualification of schoolbus drivers from the State Board of Education (SBE) to the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). http://a...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Transportation for Students w/ Disabilities|
Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to plan, develop, create and implement a statewide system of transportation of students with special needs.
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Transportation Cost Limits|
Relates to school transportation and finance; makes an appropriation; provides that in fiscal year 2006- 2007 and each fiscal year thereafter, the transportation revenue control limit shall not increase if the transportation revenue control limit is more that ...
|IA||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Certificate of Physical Fitness|
S.B. 2272 - Section 45
Strikes subsection that requires drivers of school buses to present a certificate of physical fitness each year before being permitted to operate any vehicles transorting children to and from school. http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Catego...
|IA||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Bus Drivers|
S.B. 2272 - Section 51
Specifies that the department of education has authority to suspend bus drivers' authorization to drive a school bus. Requires the department to take adverse action against any person who, after notice and opportunity for hearing, is determined to have committ...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Incentives for Fuel-efficient Buses|
Relates to in lieu fees and school bus grants; provides for monies deposited in the air quality fund to be appropriated to the department of environmental quality to award grants to school districts to purchase new compressed natural gas powered school buses a...
|NH||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||School Bus Audio and Video Recording|
Permits a school bus owner to make an audio and video recording of a student on a school bus if the school district authorizes the recording and the parents and students are notified of the recording.
|KS||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||School Crossing Guards|
Creates new sections related to school crossing guards. http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2006/344.pdf...
|GA||Adopted 04/2006||P-12||Early Intervention Program|
GAC 160-4-2-.17; -7-.18; -5-3-.10
Clarifies rules regarding the Early Intervention Program for students in grades K-5 http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-2-.17.pdf, hearing processes http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-7-.18.pdf and student...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Strobe Lights on School Buses|
Requires every new school buses put into initial service after July 1, 2007 to have a white flashing strobe light mounted on the roof. http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2006/2513.pdf...
|ID||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Sex Offenders|
Adds to existing law to prohibit access to school children by any person currently registered or required to register under the Idaho Sex Offender Registration Act; provides exceptions; provides a penalty. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0713.html...
|MI||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Pupil Transportation Act|
Regulates the equipment, maintenance, operation and use of school buses and pupil transportation vehicles. Prescribes: (1) the qualifications of school bus and pupil transportation vehicle drivers and (2) the powers and duties of certain state and local govern...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Shared Vehicles|
Provides that any local government or combination of governments within planning district 16 may enter into cooperative agreements with a local school division for the use of school vehicles for public transportation purposes during non-school hours. Such agr...
|MI||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Transportation Reimbursement|
Allows an intermediate school district that purchased a special education transportation service from a constituent district to continue to report those transportation costs to the state for reimbursement, and requires the Department of Education to remove tha...
|MI||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Pupil Transportation Act|
Modifies the pupil transportation act; regulates the equipment, maintenance, operation and use of school buses; prescribes the qualifications of school bus drivers; prescribes the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental agencies; creates an a...
|MD||Vetoed 04/2006||P-12||Discounted Public Transportation for Baltimore Students|
Extends through fiscal year 2010 the authorization for Baltimore City to use local highway user revenues for students costs of discounted stated Transit Administration fares for eligible public school students in Baltimore City.
|IN||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Transportation of Homeless Students|
H.B. 1006 - Section 1 and 2
Provides that a special purpose bus may be used to transport homeless students.
Creates new chapter on transportation of homeless students. Defines "transitional school corporation" as a school corporation (district) in which a homeless student temporarily st...
|WI||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Fees for Transportation|
Relates to allowing school boards to charge a fee for transporting certain pupils not required to be transported to a public or private school; allows a school board to charge a fee for transportation and to waive such fee or any portion for a parent or guardi...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||School Bus Speed Limits|
Allows for maximum speed limits for school buses of 45 mph on highways with posted speed limits of 55 mph or less and 55 mph on highways with posted speed limits greater than 55 mph.
|MS||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Reimbusement of Temporary School Bus Drivers|
Authorizes a local school district to reimburse temporary or substitute school bus drivers for the costs required for a commercial driver's license; authorizes special state schools administered by the state Board of Education to reimburse school bus drivers f...
|DE||Signed into law 02/2006||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Relates to school buses equipped with a flashing white light; requires that the light be used at all times when the bus is in operation....
|CA||Vetoed 09/2005||P-12||School Transportation Block Grant|
An act to add Article 8 (commencing with Section 41580) to Chapter 3.2 of Part 24 of the Education Code. Would create the School Transportation Block Grant to replace existing system of funding public school transportation in the state. http://www.leginfo.ca.g...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2005||P-12||Replacing or Reconditioning Older School Buses|
An act to amend Section 42291 of the Education Code. Establishes a priority for allocations to small school districts to replace or recondition schoolbuses owned by a school district or county office of education that were manufactured prior to 1987. http://ww...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2005||P-12||Transportation Costs for Special Education Students and Rural Schools|
An act to add Article 8 (commencing with Section 41580) to Chapter 3.2 of Part 24 of the Education Code, relating to school finance. - School Transportation Block Grant. This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to apportion block grant funds...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2005||P-12||Safe Routes to School Construction Program|
Provides that, upon enactment of a federal transportation bill with a dedicated fund available to states for safe routes for schools, the Department of Transportation shall, in cooperation with the State Board of Education and the Department of State Police, e...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2005||P-12||Transportation When Hazardous Walking|
In a provision allowing a school board to provide free transportation when conditions are such that walking constitutes a serious safety hazard, provides that the school board shall annually review the conditions and determine (rather than certify to the State...
|MN||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Special education transportation|
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
For purposes of computing special education base revenue, the cost of providing transportation for children with disabilities includes (A) the additional cost of transporting a homeless student from a temporary nonshelter home in another district to the school...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Feasibility and necessity of safety restraints on school buses|
Requires the Nevada Association of School Boards to study the feasibility and necessity of safety restraints for use by pupils on school buses.
|TX||SENT TO THE GOVERNOR 06/2005||P-12||Clean School Bus Program|
From fiscal note: Establishes a clean school bus program within the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) program operated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Provides for up to 4 percent of the 87.5 percent of TERP Account No. 5071 funds ...
|NV||(H) APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR. CHAPTER 132. 05/2005||P-12||Requires local and regional governmental entities to conduct study of safe walking routes in certain area near schools.|
AN ACT relating to public schools; requiring local and regional governmental entities to conduct a study of safe walking routes for pupils in a certain area near schools.
|VT||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Multifunction School Activity Bus|
Amends the definition of school bus in the motor vehicle statutes to allow for the limited use of motor coaches for school activities and to address a new type of vehicle, the multifunction school activity bus. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/legdoc.cfm?URL=/d...
|WA||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Bidding and Purchasing of Buses|
Revises the state bidding and purchasing process for school buses. Requires SPI to solicit competitive price quotes for base buses and optional features and to publish a list of accepted quotes. Permits school districts to buy directly from any dealer on the l...
|MT||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||School bus routes|
AN ACT ALLOWING A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO EXTEND A BUS ROUTE ACROSS ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO STUDENTS WITHIN ITS OWN DISTRICT; AMENDING SECTION 20-10-126, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Isaac's Law|
Enacts "Isaac's law." States that a person commits negligent homicide if he or she negligently causes the death of another person while passing a stopped school bus. Increases minimum and maximum fines, minimum community service period and period during which...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||An Act To Ensure That School Districts Are Using Safe Buses|
An act to ensure that school districts are using safe buses. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/sb465.pdf...
|ID||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Commercial Vehicles Driving Privileges|
Provides for a school bus endorsement on a driver's license. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0402.html...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Traffic Law Violation Reporting|
Requires school bus drivers to report certain violations of the traffic laws to the superintendent of the school district and to require the superintendent to provide the report to a local law enforcement authority. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Transportation of School Children|
Increases the amount to be paid in each year of a new contract extension for the transportation of school children beyond that which is allowed under current law.
|AR||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Public School Facilities and Transportation|
Revises the duties and responsibilities of the division of public school academic facilities and transportation and creates the commission on public school academic facilities and transportation.
Provides that the enumerated duties of the Division of Public ...
|ID||Vetoed 03/2005||P-12||School Bus Endorsement on Driver's License|
Establishes a school bus endorsement on a driver's license. Requires the successful applicant to pass appropriate knowledge and skills tests. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0054.html...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||School Bus Driver Permits|
Amends existing law relating to school transportation to remove a requirement that persons operating school buses have a driver's permit issued by the board of trustees. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/S1002.html...
|NJ||To governor 03/2005||P-12||Pupil Transportation Services|
Requires certain public entities to competitively bid in order to provide pupil transportation services to a local school district....
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||School Bus Transportation|
Establishes a new school bus endorsement for commercial driver's licenses; sets forth qualifications; exempts current license holders with satisfactory driving records from taking the school bus endorsement skills test until October 1, 2005. http://lrc.ky.gov/...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Toll Roads|
Relates to toll roads; makes school district vehicles being operated in an official capacity eligible for a nonpaying toll-road identification card. Bill summary, history and text: http://lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/05RS/SB115.htm
Fiscal note: http://lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/0...
|MO||Issued 03/2005||P-12||Establishes the Missouri School Bus Safety Task Force|
EXECUTIVE ORDER 05-14
The task force is required to evaluate and make initial recommendations on the following topics: (1) developing strategies for improving school bus safety, including, but not limited to, programs or laws that have proven effective to reduce the incidents of sc...
|AR||Signed into law 02/2005||P-12||School Buses|
Defines and prohibits the unauthorized entry of school buses by persons over age 18. Provides exceptions for law enforcement officers, students, school employees and volunteers. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/hb1196.pdf...
|NH||Rule Adoption 01/2005||P-12||School Bus Transportation Rules|
Sets forth the procedures for the certification, instruction and qualification files of all school bus drivers as well as the maintenance, inspection and design of all school busses. NEW HAMPSHIRE REG 5927 (SN)...
|IL||Total Veto Stands. 11/2004||P-12||Speed Limits for School Buses|
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides for maximum speed limits for vehicles of specified weights and school buses inside and outside urban areas except where otherwise authorized. ...
|MA||Signed into law 11/2004||P-12||Governor Amendment of Supplemental Budget Section 30|
Contains the text of a Governor amendment of Section 30 of the House bill numbered 5076 which relates to state reimbursement for school transportation for certain persons admitted to a day school in another municipality. Does not provide transportation of a pe...
|GA||Adopted 11/2004||P-12||Adopt-A-School Bus Pilot Project|
Submits a grant regarding the Georgia Adopt-A-School Bus Pilot Project and the Clean School Bus USA Grant....
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Motor Vehicles: Commercial|
Requires person operating a schoolbus to possess a valid commercial driver's license with a passenger endorsement and be
issued a schoolbus driver's certificate. (see SEC. 4 and 5) http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_3001-3050/ab_3049_bill_20040930_chapt...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Drivers' Certificates: Medical Examination|
Relates to existing law which requires applicants for an original or renewal certificate to drive a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, youth bus, general public paratransit vehicle, or farm labor vehicle to submit a physician's report. Allows, as an alterna...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Air Pollution: Schoolbus Idling at Schools|
Codifies regulations adopted by the State Air Resources Board that establish toxic control measures to limit schoolbus idling and idling at schools. Makes any violation subject to civil and administrative penalties and specifies the maximum civil penalty and t...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Home-to-School Transportation|
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to examine home-to-school transportation funding formulas and determine how current formulas should be modified to allow school districts and county offices of education to initiate new transportation programs ...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Home-School Transportation|
Authorizes, commencing with the 2006-07 fiscal year, home-to-school transportation programs to receive a state funding increase in lieu of an inflation or cost-of-living increase. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_2451-2500/ab_2462_bill_20040824_enroll...
|DE||Rule Adoption 09/2004||P-12||School Transportation|
14 DAC, Section 1105, 1.0 - 22.7
Amends regulation by adding a new section that includes the responsibilities of non-public, non- profit schools for the administration of their transportation systems under the rules and regulations of the Department of Education. Amends other regulation in or...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Transportation: Wireless Telephone|
Makes it an infraction to drive a schoolbus or a transit vehicle while using a wireless telephone. Provides that this prohibition does not
apply to a driver who is using the wireless telephone for work-related purposes, or for emergency purposes, including, bu...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||School District Transportation Laws|
Provides that the transportation of pupils by a school district in child safety zones shall be considered regular aidable transportation; eliminates expiration of and makes permanent provisions of the education law providing for the transportation of pupils in...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Safe Routes to School Program|
Relates to establishing the safe routes to school program by the Department of Transportation; provides that money provided by the federal government pursuant to section 152 of title 23 of the United States code be given to localities, through the state Depart...
|MO||Emergency Rule Adoption 09/2004||P-12||School Bus Inspection|
11 CSR 50-2.320
Adds rules regarding the inspection of frames on school buses. Specifies out-of-service criteria in buses in need of repair. MISSOURI REG 15080 (SN)...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2004||Community College|
|Transit Ridership: Low-Income Student Access|
Adds to the list of programs to be funded with the West Central Transit District. Provides for routes, vehicle purchase and Community College Coordination projects. Provides for discounted bus passes. Increases mobility for low income students in certain coord...
|MI||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Signal Light Requirements|
Amends the Pupil Transportation Act to revise the number and color of signal lights on school buses; requires compliance with federal and state safety standards.
|MT||Rule Adoption 07/2004||P-12||School Finance and Transportation|
ARM 10.7.101,.109 thru .111,.115,.118;10.10.202,.309,.316, .320, .611, .614; 10.15.101; 10.20.102, .106; 10.21.101B thru .102E (non-seq),10.22.102 thru .30.403 (non-seq)
Establishes rules relating to school finance and transportation. MONTANA REG 4551 (SN)...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Cell Phone Use by School Bus Drivers|
Prohibits school bus drivers from talking on cell phones while operating school buses while the vehicle is in motion and transporting one or more children; provides that cell phone communications can be made to and from a central dispatch, school transportatio...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||School Bus Drivers: Communication Devices|
Clarifies that school bus drivers can use a radio or telephonic communication device to make or receive calls for assistance. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS142.NSF/vwLegislation/...
|AR||Rule Adoption 06/2004||P-12||Specifications Governing School Bus Design|
Establishes rules regarding the specifications governing school bus design. http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20175%20school%20bus%20specs.pdf...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||School Buses|
Provides relative to the use of visual stop indicator signals on school buses; includes requirements regarding when a school bus, which is not receiving or discharging passengers, meets or is following another school bus that has such signals activated. http:/...
|CO||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 06/2004||P-12||Safe Routes To School|
Concerns the creation of A Safe Routes to School Program; directs the Department of Transportation to distribute federal funds to local governments to include projects that improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in school areas.
|TN||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||School Transport Seatbelt|
Creates a special joint committee to study the need to require the use of seatbelts in all vehicles used to transport school children in Tennessee. This special joint committee, consisting of three Representatives and three Senators, shall report its findings ...
|MO||To governor 05/2004||P-12||School District Emergency Preparedness|
Allows for the adoption of emergency preparedness plans for the use during natural disasters or other community emergencies by school districts.
1. The board of education of each school district in this state is authorized to adopt an emergency preparedness p...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||Safety on School Buses|
Relates to elementary and secondary schools, so as to provide that the offense of disrupting the operation of a public school applies to disruption of public school buses and established public school bus stops. Requires school buses to meet safety specificati...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund|
Alters the date by which the Secretary of State Police is required to report to the Governor and General Assembly on the status of the School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund; relates to drivers illegally failing to stop for school vehicles....
|MD||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Operation of School Vehicles|
Authorizes specified school vehicles to be operated for a specified amount of time; providing that school vehicles operating under a certain exception must be maintained under a certain preventive maintenance plan....
|MS||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Bus Driver Compensation|
Relates to the State Board of Education; authorizes compensation for certain school bus drivers for expenses incurred when acquiring an initial or renewal of a commercial license to drive a school bus.
|ID||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Charter Schools|
Adds to and amends existing law relating to the public charter schools to provide transportation reimbursement for public virtual schools; clarifies computation of support units for charter schools formed by conversion of an existing traditional public school;...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||School Bus Standards|
Amends KRS 156.153 to require that school bus standards and specifications be set by the Kentucky Department of Education rather than by the Kentucky Board of Education; deletes obsolete language; amends KRS 189.540 to conform. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/RECOR...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Transportation Safety Awareness License Plates|
Adds to and amends existing law to establish the Idaho School Transportation Safety Awareness license plate program; and to create the Pupil Transportation Support Program Fund with funds continuously appropriated to the state Department of Education to be use...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||School Transportation|
Amends existing law to provide for the State Board of Education's power and duty to authorize the supervisor of school transportation to conduct certain reviews and audits; sets priority for the selection of districts for reviews and audits; provides for the b...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||School Transportation|
Amends existing law relating to pupil transportation to provide that the current pupil transportation model contract developed by the State Department of Education shall be used; allows for addenda to meet local requirements; requires the submission of contrac...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Special Purpose School Buses|
Allows a school corporation to use special purpose buses to provide regular transportation of school children from their residences to school and from one school to another school under specified situations. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2004/HE/HE1253.1...
|SD||Adopted, On November 2004 Ballot 02/2004||P-12||Provision of Certain Services to All Children|
HJR 1003/Constitutional Amendment B
Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election amendments to Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to authorize the provision of certain services to all children of school age. The Constitution allows the Legislat...
|IL||Signed into law 02/2004||P-12||Transportation Costs|
Allows reimbursement for allowable direct costs of transporting pupils for regular, vocational and special education. Relates to reimbursement for expenditures made to Regional Transportation, a mass transit district or an urban transportation district under a...
|IL||Signed into law 12/2003||P-12||Charter Bus Services|
Amends the Vehicle Code. Provides that a person may also operate a certain type of charter bus if he or she holds a valid school bus driver permit issued before a specified date. Relates to charter bus student transportation to or from interscholastic athletic...
|NJ||Signed into law 12/2003||P-12||Smoking on School Buses|
Prohibits smoking on school buses, even if students are not present; clarifies that the prohibition on smoking or carrying lighted tobacco on a bus or other public conveyance applies to school buses or other vehicle owned or contracted for by a public or nonpu...
|ND||Rule Adoption 12/2003||P-12||Minimum Standards Required for Buses|
Establishes rules regarding minimum standards required. Addresses all public school buses operated in North Dakota must meet the minimum body and chassis standards established or referenced in this chapter. NORTH DAKOTA REG 3678 (SN)...
|GA||Adopted 11/2003||P-12||Instructional Extension|
Clarifies rules regarding instructional extension, a state-funded instructional program beyond the regular school day to address the academic needs of low-performing students. Allows local school systems to spend up to 15 percent of the designated funds on tra...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||P-12|
Makes legislative finding that 15-passenger vans are unsafe; declares the intent of the Legislature that all school districts, private schools, community colleges, and state universities should require such vans owned by these entities only be driven by a pers...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||P-12||Transportation Cost Apportionment|
Amends existing law to reduce the annual mileage requirement for each county unified school district to be eligible for an additional annual apportionment for home-to-school transportation costs. Restricts eligibility for the additional annual apportionment to...
|GA||Adopted 08/2003||P-12||Student Transportation Surveys; Cost Development|
GAC 160-5-3-.10; GAC 160-5-3-.11
Clarifies rules regarding student transportation surveys and standard cost development. Determines bus needs for allotment purposes, ascertains standard costs for allotment purposes, and uses allotments for student transportation. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_doc...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Chartered and School Buses|
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code and the School Code. Provides for chartered bus drivers under specified conditions. Provides that school boards have the power to enter into contracts for school bus services. Provides for fingerprint, drug tests and criminal b...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Qualifications of School Bus Drivers|
Amends the education law relating to the qualifications of school bus drivers, monitors and attendants, in relation to the effective date of such act....
|NY||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Private School Bus Drivers Safety Regulations|
Applies the safety regulations of the commissioner of education presently applicable to public school bus drivers to private school bus drivers; requires that the chief administrator of a private school shall approve every school bus driver to ensure that each...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||School Bus Attendants Training|
Requires school bus attendants to receive training relating to the special needs of pupils with a handicapping condition; provides that in addition, school bus attendants shall be required to pass a physical performance test....
|IL||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Stopped School Bus|
Provides that a driver must stop his vehicle before meeting or overtaking, from either direction, a school bus stopped at any location for the purpose of receiving or discharging pupils and shall not proceed until the bus has resumed motion or the driver has s...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||School Bus Drivers|
Requires a restriction which limits a person to operating only a school bus; provides that such restriction shall apply to a person who has taken a skills test in a school bus and who has taken a skills test in a school bus and who has not previously held a co...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Immorality Grounds for Dismissal of School Employees|
Adds a charge of immorality as a cause for dismissal of a teacher, bus driver, or permanent employee; defines immorality as conviction of a felony offense against the public morals.
|AK||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||School Transportation|
Relates to school transportation; relates to the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education. http://www.legis.state.ak.us/pdf/23/Bills/SB0202B.PDF...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Bus Transportation|
Relates to bus transportation; requires driving records of nonpublic sector bus drivers to be checked for suspended or revoked licenses; provides that private school students may ride on public school buses and public school students may ride on private school...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Child Transportation|
H.P. 739 (LD 1018)
Exempts from school bus inspection standards vehicles vehicles designed to carry 11 or more people, including the driver, driver, that meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards applicable to school buses, Medicaid-enrolled transportation providers who pe...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Open Door Law|
Allows a governing body in an executive session to receive information about misconduct and discuss the status of a school bus driver, who is an independent contractor, or a physician, before the governing body makes a determination; makes provisions regarding...
|IA||Vetoed 05/2003||P-12||Removal of Contract Requirement for Part-Time and Substitute Bus Drivers|
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Removes the contract requirement for substitute and part-time school bus drivers.
http://www.legis.state.ia.us/GA/80GA/Session.1/HJournal/02200/02251.html and Section 51: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/cgi-bin/Legislation/File_only.pl?FILE=/usr/ns-home/docs/GA/8...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||School Bus Drivers Who Are Insulin-Dependent Diabetics|
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Adds that school bus driver must be immediately suspended from duties, pending termination hearing by district board or authorities of nonpublic school, if a change in circumstances indicates the driver is no longer physically or mentally competent. Specifies...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||School Bus Drivers and Railroad Crossings/Highway Intersections|
Requires school bus drivers to open the service door and driver's window and listen for approaching trains upon approaching railroad crossings. Also requires school bus drivers, when approaching any highway intersection, to bring the vehicle to a complete stop...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Requirements for School Bus Drivers|
Amends the Uniform Commercial Drivers' Licensing Act. Creates new section allowing the driving skills test for a school bus endorsement to be waived until September 30, 2005 if the applicant is currently licensed, has experience driving a school bus, has a go...
|NJ||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Screening For School Bus Drivers|
Strengthens screening procedures for school bus drivers; provides for a driver's record check for any alcohol and drug related motor vehicle violations....
|KY||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||School Buses|
Increases the stopping distance for school buses at railroad crossings to a range of fifteen to fifty feet from the nearest track....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Unauthorized School Bus Entry|
Provides that entering a school bus to commit a crime or interfere with the driver, or refusing to leave a school bus upon the order of the driver is a misdemeanor; requires that each school bus be posted with entrance signs stating that unauthorized entry of ...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Display of American Flag Decals in School Buses|
Provides that Board of Education regulations addressing school buses shall include provisions for the display of decals depicting the flag of the United States on the sides and rear of school buses....
|SD||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||Nonpublic School Student Transportation|
Allows school districts to provide transportation to nonpublic school students if no additional public funds are expended to provide the transportation....
|MT||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||Passing School BusesSAME AS: LC0192|
Allows vehicles to pass school buses that are stopped to receive or discharge children in designated school bus turnouts; specifies the requirements necessary to designate a school bus turnout....
|NJ||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||School Pupils on School Bus|
Provides that school pupil may not be on board a school bus unless the bus driver or other employee of the school board or school bus contractor is also on board the bus; provides an exception when the bus driver leaves the bus to assist in boarding or exiting...
|AR||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||Cellular Phones and School Buses|
Prohibits a person from using a cellular telephone while operating a school bus. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB1042.pdf...
|WY||Adopted 02/2003||P-12||Cost-Based Block Grant Model - Transportation|
Pertains to criteria and standards for determining eligible pupil transportation operation and maintenance costs, school bus fleet requirements, operational standards, and school bus purchase procedures used in calculating transportation amounts under the Cost...
|MA||Signed into law 01/2003||P-12||School Bus Passing Penalty|
Increases the penalty for passing a school bus. http://www.state.ma.us/legis/laws/seslaw02/sl020443.htm...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2002||P-12||Physicals for School Bus Drivers|
Allows administration of physical examinations for school bus drivers who transport passengers and operate other pupil transportation vehicles as authorized by the Department of Transportation by physicians' assistants. http://www.michiganlegislature.org/docum...
|NJ||Signed into law 12/2002||P-12||Bus Drivers Can't Use Cell Phones|
Prohibits the use of a cellular or wireless telephone while driving a school bus; provides for a monetary fine for violations; provides that no motor vehicle or automobile insurance eligibility points shall be assessed for this offense....
|NJ||Signed into law 12/2002||P-12||Bus Drivers|
Provides for notification of charges pending for a disqualifying crime or offense against a public or nonpublic school employee or school bus driver who has previously undergone a criminal history background check....
|CA||Rejected by voters 11/2002||P-12||Transportation. Distribution of Existing Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax|
Reallocates 30% of certain state revenues collected on motor vehicle sales or leases from the General Fund to the Traffic Congestion Relief and Safe School Bus Trust Fund. Allocates funds for specific areas including bus purchases. (http://www.ss.ca.gov/electi...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||Safety Rules For School Buses|
Extends the repeal date of certain provisions of law requiring traffic to yield the right of way to certain transit buses in specified counties. Requires every transit bus operated by a public agency on behalf of a public agency that provides public transporta...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Relates to the requirement that school buses manufactured on or after January 1, 2002, and purchased or leased for use in California have a passenger restraint system. Applies these provisions to any type 2 school pupil activity buses manufactured on or after ...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2002||P-12||Training for Bus Drivers|
Requires school bus attendants to receive training relating to the special needs of pupils with a handicapping condition; provides that bus attendants shall be required to pass a physical performance test....
|TN||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Bus Driver Certificates|
Prohibits issuance of certificate to drive school bus in this state if applicant has been convicted of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, or aggravated vehicular assault within 5 years of application for certificate....
|RI||To governor 06/2002||P-12||Use of Cell Phones by Bus Drivers|
This act would impose penalties against school bus drivers that use cell phones, other than for emergency purposes, while transporting children....
|RI||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Bus Drivers' Use of Cell Phones|
Provides that all use of cellular phones by a school bus driver would be prohibited, except in the case of an emergency....
|MD||Vetoed 05/2002||P-12||School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund Sources|
Alters the distribution of uninsured motorist penalty fees to provide for a distribution to the Vehicle Theft Prevention Fund providing for the distribution of uninsured motorist penalty fees to the School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund. http://mlis.state.md.us/2...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: School Bus Inspections and Hazardous Walking Conditions|
Changes requirement that school buses be inspected a minimum of once a month to requirement that they be inspected pursuant to state board rule. Modifies groups eligible to determine a hazardous walking condition from "any of the following: representative of s...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Other Finance Changes|
In funds for student transportation, shifts rule authority from commissioner to state board (see bill section 660, page 1239, line 8 ff); permits local boards to establish resolution that can include a convenant to decrease the capital local school property ta...
|HI||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||School Bus Fare Revolving Fund|
Establishes a school bus fare revolving fund for the deposit of school bus fares collected by schools from students or guardians; provides that annual collections are to be used to fund the cost of providing state-contracted school bus services. http://www.cap...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||School Bus Operators' Licenses|
Requires an operator of a school bus to obtain a special commercial driver's license endorsement from the Motor Vehicle Administration under certain circumstances; provides that the school bus endorsement is also an endorsement to operate a vehicle designed to...
|WI||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Crossing Gates on School Buses|
Requires crossing gates on school buses; grants rule making authority; provides a penalty; requires Department of Transportation to prescribe rules for the specifications, installation, and operation of these crossing gates....
|HI||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Licensing of School Bus or Van Operators|
States that a school bus or van operator shall be properly licensed to operate the category of vehicles that the operator operates as a school bus or van and shall comply with the standards of the department of transportation. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/ses...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Numerous Program Changes|
Adds one nonvoting student member to state board, making total board membership 10, provides for application process and appointment of student member. Also requires school districts and nonpublic schools to report number of ninth graders who do not graduate f...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||School buses, display of flag|
Makes changes to the voting and nonvoting members of the state school bus committee; requires the committee to adopt rules allowing the display of the United States flag on school buses; amends the definition of a special purpose bus to include a motor vehicle...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Display of Flag on Buses|
Provides that school districts shall not be prohibited from placing or displaying the United States flag on school districts buses when it does not interfere with the safe operation of the bus....
|NJ||To governor 12/2001||P-12||Transportation in Llieu of Payments|
Extends transportation services to nonpublic school pupils who reside in certain regional school districts that provide aid in-lieu-of payments....
|NY||Signed into law 11/2001||P-12||Two-Way Transportation Requirement|
Relates to the return transportation of students from extracurricular activities; requires that transportation back shall be provided for a student unless the student's parent or legal guardian has provided the district with notice authorizing the alternative ...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2001||P-12||Bus Safety|
Requires every transit bus operated by a public agency on behalf of a public agency that provides public transportation services to be equipped with a 2-way communication device, that enables the driver to contact the agency in the event of an emergency. Requi...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2001||P-12||Task Force for a New Transportation Funding System|
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish the Pupil Transportation Task Force to review the strengths and limitations of the present pupil transportation system, assess the availability and accessibility of data needed to create and implem...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Safe Travel Routes|
City and county governing bodies shall work with school district personnel to identify barriers and hazards
to children walking or bicycling to and from school. The cities, counties and districts may develop a plan for the funding of improvements designed to r...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Adjusting the Rules for School Bus Drivers|
From the legislation:
Currently, in order to get a school bus endorsement, drivers can not have been convicted of a felony within the past 5 years. This Act modifies that requirement so that it more closely parallels the rules governing when a convicted felon...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Leasing of School Buses|
, Authorizes local school boards to lease school buses from their school bus operators under certain circumstances; provides an exception to the Code of Governmental Ethics for the leases....
|NJ||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Lease-Purchase of Buses|
Authorizes 10-year lease purchase agreements for acquisition of school buses....
|IN||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Rules for Busing Students|
Requires a person that transports children in the care of a preschool operated by a school corporation, a public elementary school, or a public secondary school to transport the children in a school bus or, in certain circumstances permitted under Indiana law,...
|MT||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Transportation Funding|
Increases the base rate for reimbursement for an individual transportation contract to a specified amount; increases the maximum reimbursement for an individual transportation contract to a specified amount for the 1st student and a specified amount for each a...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Standards for Teachers, Administrators|
Relates to elementary and secondary education provisions addressed in the creation of North Dakota Century Code; relates to administration, boards, teacher licenses; school guidance and counseling services; special education; vocational and technology educatio...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Requires students to be seated while the school bus is moving....
|NC||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Penalty for School Bus Interference|
Clarifies and strengthens the law pertaining to persons who interfere with the operation of public school buses; relates to clarifying that it is unlawful to stop, impede, delay, or detain any public school bus or activity bus during any time that it is being ...
|NM||Vetoed 04/2001||P-12||Bus Owner-Operator Contracts|
The bill would allow an individual school bus owner-operator to exercise an option to convert their contract to a fleet operator contract without being required to submit to a competitive bidding process. According to SDE, individual owner-operators that chan...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Bus Driver Licensing|
Specifies school bus lighting equipment and school bus driver requirements and pre-employment criminal history checks; provides that a school bus driver certificate may be revoked if the person's driver's license is revoked or suspended....
|NJ||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Contracts for Transportation|
Expands the role of county superintendents relative to pupil transportation; requires them to arbitrate disputes between boards of education and nonpublic school administrators and convene annual meetings of representatives of county public and nonpublic schoo...
Two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the state department of public education for expenditure in fiscal years 2001 and 2002 to continue the development of the public school transportation formula and to implement a p...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Changes the definition of commercial vehicle to exclude school buses regulated by the Department of Education, from the regulation by the Department of Public Safety....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Transportation Safety|
Modifies the Public Safety Code by requiring vehicles used to transport students to comply with certain safety standards....
|WY||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Bus Stops|
Specifies where a on a roadway a school bus shall stop to receive or discharge children....
|VA||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Bus Safety--Traffic Violations|
Relates to passing a stopped school bus; provides that for the purpose of being reckless driving or having a civil penalty imposed, the testimony of the school bus driver, the supervisor of school buses or a law-enforcement officer that the vehicle was yellow,...
|NE||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Bus Inspections|
Changes provisions relating to inspection of pupil transportation vehicles....
|CA||Signed into law 09/2000||P-12||Speed Limits in School Zones|
Chapter No.521, Relates to existing law, under which, the prima facie vehicle speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour under certain circumstances, including when passing a school building or the grounds thereof, if the school grounds are contiguous to a highway and a...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2000||P-12||School Bus Driver Qualifications|
Relates to existing law, which the Department of Motor Vehicles is required to deny or revoke a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, youth bus, general public paratransit driver certificate, or a certificate to drive a vehicle used for the transportation of d...
|NJ||Signed into law 09/2000||P-12||Transportation of Certain Nonpublic School Students|
A.B. 1337, AB 1674
Provides transportation or in-lieu-of payments to certain nonpublic school pupils in certain school districts. Permits the purchase of such services from cooperative transportation service agencies....
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2000||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Gives peace officers the authority to issue summons based on the statements of school bus drivers and bus monitors as to violations of the requirement to stop for school buses....
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2000||P-12||Bus Equipment|
Requires all school buses to be equipped with a rear facing flashing strobe light; provides for the conditions under which such lights should be used....
|RI||Became law without governor's signature 06/2000||P-12||Transportation Safety|
Prohibits and would make it a misdemeanor for any person who enters a school bus with the intent to commit a crime, interfere with the driver or refuse to disembark at the request of the driver....
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Illegally Passing School Buses|
Extends the period for a judge to issue a summons for illegally passing a school bus and certain other motor vehicle and traffic violations....
|DE||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Requires that a flashing white strobe light be placed on the roof of every school bus to enhance the conspicuous of school busses in daylight, darkness, and bad weather....
|SC||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Bus Transportation Required for 10 or more|
Provides that public and private schools must transport 10 or more students in school or activity bus; provides that vehicles purchased before a certain date have a grace period during which they must comply with this provision; provides that during the grace ...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||School Bus Safety Features|
Requires that all new school buses be equipped with crossing control arms; requires a new or increased expenditure of local funds....
|VT||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Liability for Alcohol Consumption; Bus Driver Intoxication|
Makes a social host who furnishes intoxicating liquor to a minor liable under the Dram Shop Act for damages and injuries caused by the intoxicated minor; changes illegal blood alcohol concentration to .02 for a school bus operator....
|KS||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Rules for Transportation.|
Concerns school districts; relates to the provision of transportation for pupils. The bill outlines what students can qualify for transportation to and from school. It also states that one district may charge another to transport a student in their district....
|MD||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||School Bus Safety|
Establishes a grant program under which law enforcement agencies may apply for funds for efforts relating to enforcement of the law prohibiting passing stopped school vehicles; establishes a School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund; provides for the administration, ...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Formula for Transportation Grants|
Makes certain adjustments to the formula for transportation grants to county boards of education; adjusts the time period for calculating increases in the grant amounts....
|IN||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||School Bus Rules|
Requires the State School Bus Committee to adopt and enforce rules requiring each school bus to bear the name of the school district on the top of the school bus and number of the school district on the back of the school bus in black letters that are 4 to 6 i...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Safe Transportation Systems|
Directs the Department of Education to promote strategies to assist school districts in providing a safe transportation system; directs the Department of Education to report on its effect to the Interim Joint Committee on Education by January 1, 2001....