Senate panel advances school bus camera bill

By: AP
By: AP
The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill that would require school buses have cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students.

(Photo by Kyle Muscarello)

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill that would require school buses have cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students.

However, the committee voted Wednesday to strip the bill of its $5 million appropriation to help school districts pay for the cameras.

House Bill 5 now heads to the Senate floor for further debate.

Supporters of the bill say it would help reduce the thousands of incidents each year where motorists illegally pass a stopped school bus.

Opponents say object to the idea of using cameras to catch perpetrators and favor a public education campaign instead.

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