IN SB0002 | 2019 | Regular Session

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 19-3)
Status: Passed on May 1 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-05-01 - Public Law 144
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

School bus safety. Requires a school bus to be equipped with black reflective tape mounted on certain areas of the school bus. Provides that if a school bus is in operation and transporting passengers, the driver of the school bus shall have the daytime running lights illuminated at all times. Provides, in the case of an individual who commits a school bus stop arm infraction, that the court may suspend the individual's driving privileges: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the individual has committed at least one previous school bus stop arm infraction, for one year. Increases the penalty, from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended on a roadway or a private road. Increases the penalty, from a Class A misdemeanor to a Level 6 felony for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended if the action results in injury, and to a Level 5 felony for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended if the action results in death. Provides that the court may suspend the driving privileges of a person who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the person has committed at least one previous school bus arm offense, for one year. Provides that a person who has the person's license suspended may not obtain specialized driving privileges. Requires a school bus driver to: (1) use an arm signal device, which must be extended while the bus is stopped, whenever a school bus is stopped on a roadway or a private road to load or unload a student; and (2) use flashing lights to give adequate warning that the school bus is stopped or about to stop on the roadway or the private road to load or unload a student. Provides that on or before September 1, 2019, and each September 1 thereafter, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school that provides transportation for students must review each school's school bus routes and school bus safety policies to improve the safety of students and adults. Provides that the state school bus committee, in consultation with the department of education (department), shall develop and post on the department's Internet web site school bus safety guidelines or best practices. Provides that the department, in consultation with the department of transportation, shall include on the department's Internet web site information on how an individual or school may petition to reduce maximum speed limits in areas necessary to ensure that students are safely loaded onto or unloaded from a school bus. Provides that, with certain exceptions, when a school bus is operated on a: (1) U.S. route or state route, the driver may not load or unload a student at a location that requires the student to cross a roadway unless no other safe alternatives are available; and (2) street or highway other than a U.S. route or state route, the driver shall load and unload a student as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable. Provides that, if a school bus driver must load or unload an elementary school student at a location on a U.S. or state route, the superintendent or superintendent's designee must present the school bus route to the school board for approval. Adds school bus safety to the topics required to be on an examination for a learner's permit or driver's license. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may allow, in certain situations, the use of a school bus or special purpose bus for the transportation of adults with physical or intellectual disabilities. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may allow, by written authorization, the use of a school bus owned in whole or in part by the school corporation for the transportation needs of a nonprofit organization exempt from certain provisions related to federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code. Expands the list of purposes for which a school corporation may use a special purpose bus to provide transportation and makes a corresponding change to the requirements for an operator of a special purpose bus. Provides that the court may assess a safe schools fee, of at least $200 but not more than $1,000, to an individual convicted of recklessly passing a school bus when the stop arm is extended. Provides that 25% of the safe schools fees collected by a circuit court shall be deposited in the county general fund. Provides that 25% of the safe schools fees collected by a city or town court shall be deposited in the city's or town's general fund. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school (collectively, referred to "qualified school district") with at least one employee may purchase, install, and operate school bus stop arm cameras. Provides that if a qualified school district purchases or uses certain school bus equipment, the qualified school district may petition the county council or township board (in a county containing a consolidated city) to receive reimbursement to pay for in full certain school bus equipment.

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Title

School bus safety. Requires a school bus to be equipped with black reflective tape mounted on certain areas of the school bus. Provides that if a school bus is in operation and transporting passengers, the driver of the school bus shall have the daytime running lights illuminated at all times. Provides, in the case of an individual who commits a school bus stop arm infraction, that the court may suspend the individual's driving privileges: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the individual has committed at least one previous school bus stop arm infraction, for one year. Increases the penalty, from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended on a roadway or a private road. Increases the penalty, from a Class A misdemeanor to a Level 6 felony for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended if the action results in injury, and to a Level 5 felony for an individual who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended if the action results in death. Provides that the court may suspend the driving privileges of a person who recklessly passes a school bus when its stop arm is extended: (1) for 90 days; or (2) if the person has committed at least one previous school bus arm offense, for one year. Provides that a person who has the person's license suspended may not obtain specialized driving privileges. Requires a school bus driver to: (1) use an arm signal device, which must be extended while the bus is stopped, whenever a school bus is stopped on a roadway or a private road to load or unload a student; and (2) use flashing lights to give adequate warning that the school bus is stopped or about to stop on the roadway or the private road to load or unload a student. Provides that on or before September 1, 2019, and each September 1 thereafter, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school that provides transportation for students must review each school's school bus routes and school bus safety policies to improve the safety of students and adults. Provides that the state school bus committee, in consultation with the department of education (department), shall develop and post on the department's Internet web site school bus safety guidelines or best practices. Provides that the department, in consultation with the department of transportation, shall include on the department's Internet web site information on how an individual or school may petition to reduce maximum speed limits in areas necessary to ensure that students are safely loaded onto or unloaded from a school bus. Provides that, with certain exceptions, when a school bus is operated on a: (1) U.S. route or state route, the driver may not load or unload a student at a location that requires the student to cross a roadway unless no other safe alternatives are available; and (2) street or highway other than a U.S. route or state route, the driver shall load and unload a student as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable. Provides that, if a school bus driver must load or unload an elementary school student at a location on a U.S. or state route, the superintendent or superintendent's designee must present the school bus route to the school board for approval. Adds school bus safety to the topics required to be on an examination for a learner's permit or driver's license. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may allow, in certain situations, the use of a school bus or special purpose bus for the transportation of adults with physical or intellectual disabilities. Provides that the governing body of a school corporation may allow, by written authorization, the use of a school bus owned in whole or in part by the school corporation for the transportation needs of a nonprofit organization exempt from certain provisions related to federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code. Expands the list of purposes for which a school corporation may use a special purpose bus to provide transportation and makes a corresponding change to the requirements for an operator of a special purpose bus. Provides that the court may assess a safe schools fee, of at least $200 but not more than $1,000, to an individual convicted of recklessly passing a school bus when the stop arm is extended. Provides that 25% of the safe schools fees collected by a circuit court shall be deposited in the county general fund. Provides that 25% of the safe schools fees collected by a city or town court shall be deposited in the city's or town's general fund. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school (collectively, referred to "qualified school district") with at least one employee may purchase, install, and operate school bus stop arm cameras. Provides that if a qualified school district purchases or uses certain school bus equipment, the qualified school district may petition the county council or township board (in a county containing a consolidated city) to receive reimbursement to pay for in full certain school bus equipment.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2019-04-23 - House - House - Rules Suspended. Conference Committee Report 1 (Y: 90 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 6) [PASS]
2019-04-23 - Senate - Senate - Conference Committee Report 1 (Y: 49 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2019-03-25 - House - House - Third reading (Y: 88 N: 0 NV: 6 Abs: 6) [PASS]
2019-03-13 - House - House - Committee Vote (Y: 9 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2019-02-18 - Senate - Third reading (Y: 49 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2019-02-06 - Senate - Senate - Committee Vote (Y: 10 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2019-05-01SenatePublic Law 144
2019-05-01SenateSigned by the Governor
2019-04-29SenateSigned by the President of the Senate
2019-04-24HouseSigned by the Speaker
2019-04-24SenateSigned by the President Pro Tempore
2019-04-23HouseRules Suspended. Conference Committee Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 600: yeas 90, nays 4
2019-04-23SenateConference Committee Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 560: yeas 49, nays 0
2019-04-22SenateCCR # 1 filed in the Senate
2019-04-22HouseCCR # 1 filed in the House
2019-04-15SenateSenator Spartz added as advisor
2019-04-08HouseHouse advisors appointed: Pressel, Sullivan, Goodin, Hatcher and Pierce
2019-04-08HouseHouse conferees appointed: Manning and Bauer
2019-04-04SenateSenator Alting added as coauthor
2019-04-04SenateSenate advisors appointed: Houchin, Taylor G, Rogers and Bohacek
2019-04-04SenateSenate conferees appointed: Head and Randolph Lonnie M
2019-04-02SenateSenate dissented from House amendments
2019-04-02SenateMotion to dissent filed
2019-03-26HouseReturned to the Senate with amendments
2019-03-25HouseRepresentative Cherry added as cosponsor
2019-03-25HouseThird reading: passed; Roll Call 336: yeas 90, nays 0
2019-03-21HouseAmendment #3 (Pressel) prevailed; voice vote
2019-03-21HouseAmendment #4 (Goodin) prevailed; voice vote
2019-03-21HouseAmendment #6 (Manning) prevailed; voice vote
2019-03-21HouseSecond reading: amended, ordered engrossed
2019-03-18HouseRepresentative Sullivan removed as cosponsor
2019-03-14HouseCommittee report: amend do pass, adopted
2019-02-26HouseFirst reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code
2019-02-20SenateReferred to the House
2019-02-18SenateSenator Spartz added as coauthor
2019-02-18SenateSenator Raatz added as coauthor
2019-02-18SenateSenator Kruse added as coauthor
2019-02-18SenateSenator Doriot added as coauthor
2019-02-18SenateSenator Charbonneau added as third author
2019-02-18SenateCosponsors: Representatives Pressel, Sullivan and Bauer
2019-02-18SenateHouse sponsor: Representative Manning
2019-02-18SenateThird reading: passed; Roll Call 136: yeas 49, nays 0
2019-02-14SenateAmendment #3 (Spartz) prevailed; voice vote
2019-02-14SenateAmendment #4 (Head) prevailed; voice vote
2019-02-14SenateAmendment #1 (Head) prevailed; voice vote
2019-02-14SenateSecond reading: amended, ordered engrossed
2019-02-11SenateSenator Randolph added as coauthor
2019-02-07SenateSenators Young M, Taylor G, Glick, Buck added as coauthors
2019-02-07SenateSenator Rogers added as coauthor
2019-02-07SenateSenator Houchin added as second author
2019-02-07SenateSenator Houchin removed as coauthor
2019-02-07SenateCommittee report: amend do pass, adopted
2019-01-24SenateSenator Bohacek added as coauthor
2019-01-14SenateSenators Houchin and Freeman added as coauthors
2019-01-10SenateSenator Merritt added as coauthor
2019-01-10SenateSenator Bassler added as coauthor
2019-01-08SenateFirst reading: referred to Committee on Judiciary
2019-01-08SenateAuthored by Senator Head

Indiana State Sources

TypeSource
Summaryhttp://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/2/
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/b/0/2/8/b028f809/SB0002.01.INTR.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/6/c/6/76c6f9bd/SB0002.01.INTR.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/0/2/9/c/029c939e/SB0002.02.COMS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/0/d/3/9/0d3926ad/SB0002.02.COMS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/e/c/e/9ece5408/SB0002.03.ENGS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/0/3/8/f/038f0938/SB0002.03.ENGS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/8/3/9/9/83990875/SB0002.04.ENGS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/d/0/c/0/d0c002c8/SB0002.04.ENGS.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/6/2/7/562758fc/SB0002.05.COMH.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/9/3/9/9939c099/SB0002.05.COMH.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/f/9/3/a/f93a8144/SB0002.06.ENGH.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/f/1/7/7/f17776ca/SB0002.06.ENGH.pdf
Texthttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/6/a/8/1/6a815d49/SB0002.07.ENRH.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/1/9/2/51925f7c/SB0002.01.INTR.03.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/5/0/2/7502f024/SB0002.136.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/b/e/f/7befced3/SB0002.04.ENGS.02.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/f/e/c/5fecb69a/SB0002.336.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/c/6/f/9c6f64ff/SB0002.560.pdf
Roll Callhttp://iga.in.gov/static-documents/d/e/c/a/deca6418/SB0002.600.pdf

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