March 1st, 2012

School bus advertising measure clears House

By Ashley A. Smith and Dayna Harpster

The Florida House has passed legislation that would permit some advertising on the sides of Florida school buses and require the online posting of legal notices.

The school bus bill (HB 19) was passed 108-7 on Wednesday. Supporters say the state requires cash-strapped school districts to transport students but doesn’t fully fund that service. They add that schools have allowed advertising at athletic stadiums for years without problem.

Lee County School Board member Tom Scott said the school bus advertising could become a safety hazard and distraction.

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