Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide school bus tour continued with stops scheduled in White Plains and Ellenville, New York, at White Plains High School and Ellenville High School.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials utilized the school bus to transport them to an outdoor press conference on increased school security held at Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School on Long Island.
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is urging the Assembly Transportation Committee to report out all five school bus safety bills that will be on the committee’s agenda on Tuesday, June 5.
UPDATE — JUNE 8 — “The Senate was in recess last week and is just getting back into session later today” Senator Robert Menendez’s press secretary, Steven Sandberg, told School Transportation News.” He predicted that he “expect(s) the bill to be introduced soon” by the New Jersey senator, but as of June 8, that has not happened yet.
Bipartisan school bus seat belt safety legislation was announced last week for both the U.S. House and Senate, officials said at a press conference at the Fair Lawn Board of Education Transportation Depot in New Jersey. The bills would require three-point seatbelts nationwide for school buses.
LATHAM, N.Y. — The New York School Bus Contractors Association is calling for the passage of legislation that would mandate the addition of a school bus safety component to the pre-licensing driver education course and written test for all applicants seeking to obtain a New York state driver license. The legislation (SB 5974), sponsored by NY State Senator Elaine Phillips of Nassau County, recently passed in the State Senate. It is part of an ongoing effort to educate drivers about the dangers of illegally passing a stopped school bus.
Iowa associations say the version of a school funding bill passed by the legislature is not what they had hoped for, but is a step in the right direction of reducing student transportation costs for districts.
State Sen. Tony Mendoza introduced a new bill that would grant school districts another year to implement electronic child reminder alarms in all of the state’s approximately 30,000 school buses.