March 15th, 2011
Idaho House sends bill to allow ads on buses back to committee for more work
Members of the Idaho House sent a measure to allow Gem State school buses back to the committee from which it came for more work after several legislators raised objections.
The plan, which will again receive hearings from the House Education Committee, is one that’s hailed as a money-making option for schools hurt by recent state budget cuts.
But criticism of the plan lobbed by one Republican may have been responsible for the bill’s move back to committee. Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, told his colleagues that he couldn’t support the plan unless it explicitly stated that no advertisements would be allowed inside the buses. “I’m bothered by inside advertising,” said Luker.
Shortly after Luker’s remarks, House Education Committee chairman Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, asked the House for permission to bring the bill back before his panel to work out some kinks, though he didn’t say exactly what will happen to the legislation.
Even if the bill makes it back to the floor, it could face staunch opposition from House members. Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, argued against the proposal, saying that allowing ads on school buses would put government in direct competition with the private sector. “Is this fair?” she questioned.