House panel OKs changed version of bus safety bill - - Jackson, MS

House panel OKs changed version of bus safety bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A school bus safety bill is still alive, but some of its supporters complain it's now in a weakened form.

The bill, known as Nathan's Law, passed the House Judiciary A Committee ahead of a Tuesday legislative deadline.

Judiciary A Chairman Ed Blackmon says the committee stripped the bill of many provisions, including a requirement that other motorists stop at least 30 feet from a stopped school bus and a requirement that only handsfree cell phones be used by motorists in school zones.

Sen. Chris McDaniel filed the bill in response to last year's death of 5-year-old Nathan Key, who was hit by a car after he got off a bus near Laurel. McDaniel criticized the House changes.

The bill is Senate Bill 2505.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Powered by WorldNow