March 2nd, 2014

Indiana lawmakers may allow ads on school buses

By Vic Ryckaert
Indianapolis Star

Lawmakers could allow advertising on school buses in Beech Grove, Franklin Township and Zionsville under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate. The cash-strapped school districts say the ads offer a way to raise revenue without increasing taxes, but a critic says the new money would come at the expense of student safety.

“The guy reading that sign is not ¬going to be paying attention to what that bus is doing,” said Jim Howard, vice president of the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association, which represents about 400 drivers. “Is it worth the risk?”
The measure would create a pilot program to let the three school districts sell advertising on school buses, with the money raised going to transportation costs. Sen. Patricia Miller sponsored the plan as an amendment to House Bill 1062. The bill, with this and other amendments, passed the Senate 49-0 on Thursday. It now goes back to the House, where that chamber can concur with the changes or send it to a conference committee.

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