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School bus stopping bill moves on from House committee

It passed the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee on a vote of nine to three on Wednesday.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2019 7:05 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - The school bus stop arm bill is continuing to make positive movement through the Indiana Statehouse. It passed the House Courts and Criminal Code committee on a vote of nine to three on Wednesday.

As News 18 previously reported, this bill would create harsher penalties for drivers who pass stopped school buses. The three no's were the first negative votes the bill has received. 

The bill was recently amended to bar schools or camera vendors from profiting from the camera enforcement. But State Senator Randall Head said those who voted no still did not approve of the language of that amendment.

"They weren't happy with the camera language even though I tried to tighten that up," he said. "So I'm cautiously optimistic going forward. I think the bill is important to any Hoosier students who ride the school bus, we've got to pass it."

Head said he believes in his bill as is.

"We've asked several people to weigh in and make this a better bill and I think we've got a good product out there," he said. "I know the family of the children who were killed is adamantly in support of this bill and all its provisions and we want to move forward."

The bill has been co-authored by 14 other state senators, which helps give the bill strength as it heads to the House floor next. Senator Head hopes it will be heard there sometime next week.

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