March 21, 2017| Senate Approves Legislation Authorizing Civil Penalties For Passing A Stopped School Bus
Adam Pridemore | NCASA – This week, the full Senate approved legislation authorizing counties to adopt ordinances imposing civil penalties for passing a stopped school bus when the violation is not criminally prosecuted.
Senate Bill 55 authorizes LEAs in a county with an ordinance imposing civil penalties for passing a stopped school bus to install and operate school bus safety cameras on buses in their district by one of the following means:
LEAs may install and operate the cameras itself without contracting with a private party.
LEAs may contract with a private party to install and operate the cameras for a contract up to three years.
Upon request by LEAs, the State Board of Education could enter into a contract with a private party to install and operate school bus safety cameras on a statewide or regional basis.
The legislation requires the State Board of Education to develop a model request for proposals and a model contract that may be used by LEAs, and requires the State Board and Department of Public Instruction to provide technical assistance to LEAs regarding the process.
The bill now heads to the House for further consideration.