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School bus seat belt battle continues in Tennessee State House

from WVLT-TV

A divided conversation about whether to place seat belts on all new school buses unfolded during the House Transportation Committee meeting. Tennessee lawmakers seemed at odds over the best course of action. In an effort to reduce the price tag of House Bill 0395, Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, amended the measure to apply only to future buses, which she said would cost far less than the original suggestion of retrofitting all buses. Cost was a major concern for Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, who said, "I believe the cost was something like $12 million annual to districts like mine." But her strong opposition didn't end there. Rep. Weaver said seat belts could actually kill more students in an emergency. more


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