Monday, April 17, 2017 11:33 PM

TENNESSEE HOUSE VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE GOV. HASLAM'S SCHOOL BUS SAFETY OVERHAUL - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam's effort to address regulatory problems raised by the deadly crash of a Hamilton County school bus last year won overwhelming approval Monday night in the Tennessee House. The vote was 96-0. Related Article Hamilton County lawmakers' mandatory school bus seat belt bill advances in Senate Read more While Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, has legislation - scheduled for a committee vote today - that would require new Tennessee school buses come equipped with seat belts, Haslam's legislative approach establishes a new regulatory regimen based on problems state officials saw as helping lead to the Nov. 21 crash, which killed six Woodmore Elementary School children and injured others. The governor's bill, which comes up in a Senate committee this week, raises the minimum mandatory age of school bus drivers from 21 to 25. And it requires future drivers to first complete a to-be-developed driver education program by the Tennessee departments of Safety and Education before they are allowed to drive. Other provisions include requiring each local education agency, charter school and charter management organization to appoint a transportation supervisor to investigate any complaint of a safety violation or concern. Prospective drivers would also have to have a ...

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