House passes bill to require school buses entering service in 2023 or after to have seat belts for passengers.

House passes bill to require school buses entering service in 2023 or after to have seat belts for passengers.

A bus accident that happened in Grant Parish this year which caused the bus to overturn. With 17 children on board. With the new law, buses will be required to have seatbelts.

The House passed a bill 55-44 Tuesday to require any school bus entering the school system in 2023 or after to have seat belts for passengers.

Rep. Robby Carter, D-Amite, said he brought the bill because he knows that the state will not be able to appropriate the funds to require seat belts for passengers in all school buses retroactively.

Carter brought a successful bill in 2004 to require seat belts in school buses, but he did not find a way to fund that bill. Now, 17 years later, he hopes to pass legislation that will actually make the change he meant to make earlier in his career.

 

 

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