School Bus Bill passes state senate

February 9, 2018---12:41 P.M.


In a press release from the Georgia Senate, a bill that would make passing a school bus legal on a divided highway is passed. 

By: Sen. Bill Heath (R – Bremen)

In our fourth week, committee meetings continued and bill hearings began on the Senate floor. I am proud to say that things are off to a great start as my bill, Senate Bill 25, was the first to be heard and adopted on the Senate Floor this session. I commend my colleagues for their quick, unanimous and bi-partisan support on this critical measure.

SB 25 addresses language confusion in last session’s House Bill 978 which allowed for drivers to pass a stopped school bus on a road or highway divided by only a turn lane. Not only has this vagueness caused uncertainty for drivers and law enforcement, but it has also put our schoolchildren at risk. The bill states that the presence of a barrier a car cannot travel across – a grass median, unpaved area or physical barrier – is the only lawful condition when a vehicle can pass a stopped school bus on the other side of the road.

Now that SB 25 has passed through the Senate, it must be approved by the House of Representatives and then by the Governor. I have included language in Section 3 that will allow the bill to be implemented as soon as it is signed by Governor Brian P. Kemp, putting the changes into immediate effect so that schoolchildren will be fully protected as quickly as possible. I will continue to champion this bill as it moves through the legislative process and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


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