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Bill requiring school bus seatbelts passes House committee Tuesday

State Representative Joanne Favors of Hamilton County discusses her bill that would require seatbelts on all public school buses in Tennessee before the Tennessee House Education Administration and Planning Committee. (Image: WTVC)

After a brief discussion Tuesday morning, a bill that would require seatbelts on all public school buses in Tennessee was approved by the Tennessee House Education Administration and Planning Committee. The bill now heads to the House's Government Operations Committee.

NewsChannel 9 reporter Katherine Marchand was at the committee meeting as the debate unfolded.

She reports debate over the measure took about 15 minutes before it easily passed.


Among the issues raised with lawmakers opposed to the bill were cost, and the safety risk of adding seatbelts.

Related | TN State Rep. Joanne Favors files bill to add seatbelts to school buses

The bill was proposed by State Representative Joanne Favors of Hamilton County, in the wake of the November 21st Woodmore Elementary school bus crash that claimed the lives of 6 students and injured dozens more. Favors' bill requires that all buses state public schools buy on or after July 2019 have seatbelts.

Last week, the Tennessee Senate passed a bill that was also in response to the Woodmore tragedy, one that would require an age limit for all public school bus drivers in the state.

Related | Families of Woodmore bus crash take their cause to Nashville

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as this bill works its way through the state legislature.

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