January 9th, 2012
Fla. school bus ad bill narrowly gets panel's nod
By Associated Press
Legislation that would permit advertising on the outside of Florida school buses narrowly survived its first committee hearing Monday. Critics said they’re worried about unintended consequences.
The bill (SB 344) cleared the Senate Prekindergarten-12 Committee on Monday by a 4-2 vote. It would have died without support from one of those critics, Sen. Larcenia Bullard. The Miami Democrat said she voted for the measure only to give the sponsor, Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, a chance to make it more palatable.
“This, quite frankly, is a desperate move,” Montford acknowledged. “But it’s one that’s necessary.”