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Mosbrucker Reintroducing School Bus Seatbelt Bill

Washington 14th District Representative Gina Mosbrucker has once again introduced a bill that would require school buses in Washington to be equipped with seatbelts.  It’s the third year in a row she has introduced such a bill, and the Goldendale Republican is optimistic the measure will pass the Legislature this year.  The primary sticking point has been coming up with funding to equip school buses, but Mosbrucker says she’s found a way to get the money without affecting local school districts or the state budget by using fines from drivers disobeying bus paddles.  Mosbrucker says revenue from the fines would be more than enough to pay for school bus seatbelts and provide additional funds for police to enforce the stop paddle law in local school districts.  The bill will be heard in the House Education Committee.