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Rogers’ school bus safety proposal awaits governor approval
Start Date: 4/22/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/22/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS--The Indiana Senate gave final approval to a measure authored by State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) to fortify safety procedures for Indiana public school buses.

“Determining safety measures for protecting our children can be a complex process,” Sen. Rogers said. “I’m happy that by passing this bill we’re making a direct move to enhance safety in one more aspect of our children’s lives.”

Senate Bill (SB) 421 would require school bus drivers to instruct passengers once a semester on proper seatbelt fastening in buses already equipped with seatbelts. Additionally, all drivers would be required to conduct evacuation drills at least once a semester. Under SB 421, drivers who fail to perform these demonstrations would be subject to dismissal.

The bill would require the State School Bus Committee to review drivers’ compliance in a meeting once per quarter in order to enforce the new safety standards.

Additionally, prior to purchasing a school bus equipped with safety belts, a school corporation must hold a public hearing to explain the benefits of school bus safety belts over other child safety investments.

After gaining final passage from the Senate by a vote of 41-7, SB 421 will now move to the governor for his approval.

Sen. Rogers represents Indiana Senate District 3 which encompasses portions of Lake County. District 3 communities include Gary, Lake Station, New Chicago, Hobart, Ainsworth, Merrillville and Crown Point.

For more information on Sen. Rogers, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s3.

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NOTE: A photo of Sen. Earline Rogers can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Rogers.jpg

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
Sen. Rogers
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