Senate rejects cutting school bus camera money

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The state Senate has embraced the idea of the state helping school districts equip their school buses with cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students.

The chamber on Thursday rejected on a 17-11 vote a proposal by the Senate Appropriations Committee to strip the bill of its $5 million appropriation to help school districts pay for the cameras.

House Bill 5 faces two more votes on the Senate floor.

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

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

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