30 May '17, 6pm

Legislation to amend #Texas #schoolbus #seatbelt law sits on Gov. Abbott's desk awaiting signature.

After passing the Senate less than a month earlier, SB 693 passed the Texas House on May 19. It amends a law passed in 2007 that requires school districts to add three-point restraints to each new school bus purchase, this time around for model-year 2017 or newer. School activity buses, multifunction school activity buses and school-chartered buses also apply. But school districts may vote in a public-meeting setting that their budgets cannot support the incremental costs of lap-shoulder belts, which on average can add around $7,000 to the purchase price. The current law on the books established an iniitial grant project to assist districts in funding the occupant restraint systems and promised future appropriated funds from the state legislature. But few school districts applied for the grant, and the appropriations never came to fruition. That didn't stop some larger dis...

Full article: https://stnonline.com/news/latest-news/item/8643-new-texa...

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