Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1574

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-27.

Synopsis: Special purpose bus drivers. Requires the department of education by July 1, 2010, to develop and implement a preservice special purpose bus operator safety education training course. Makes it a Class C misdemeanor after July 1, 2010, for a person to knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally operate a special purpose bus for a public or nonpublic school that is accredited by the state board of education without having satisfactorily completed the preservice special purpose bus operator safety education training course.

Effective: July 1, 2009.





Lehman, Welch




    January 16, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1574



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-27-8-10.5; (09)IN1574.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-27-8-10.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 10.5. (a) By July 1, 2010, the department shall develop and implement a preservice special purpose bus operator safety education training course.
    (b) The preservice special purpose bus operator safety education training course must not exceed ten (10) hours in length.
    (c) Effective July 1, 2010, a person may not operate a special purpose bus for a public or nonpublic school that is accredited by the state board within Indiana without having satisfactorily completed the preservice special purpose bus operator safety education training course.
    (d) The state superintendent shall provide instructors, adequate meeting facilities, registration forms, a uniform course of instruction, and all other necessary materials for the preservice special purpose bus operator safety education training course meetings.

SOURCE: IC 20-27-9-5; (09)IN1574.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-27-9-5, AS AMENDED BY P.L.99-2007, SECTION 171, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 5. (a) A special purpose bus may be used:
        (1) by a school corporation to provide regular transportation of a student between one (1) school and another school but not between the student's residence and the school;
        (2) to transport students and their supervisors, including coaches, managers, and sponsors to athletic or other extracurricular school activities and field trips;
        (3) by a school corporation to provide transportation between an individual's residence and the school for an individual enrolled in a special program for the habilitation or rehabilitation of persons with a developmental or physical disability; and
        (4) to transport homeless students under IC 20-27-12.
    (b) The mileage limitation of section 3 of this chapter does not apply to special purpose buses.
    (c) The operator of a special purpose bus must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, be authorized by the school corporation, and meet the following requirements:
        (1) If the special purpose bus has a capacity of less than sixteen (16) passengers, the operator must:
            (A) hold a valid:
                (i) operator's;
                (ii) chauffeur's; or
                (iii) public passenger chauffeur's; or
                (iv) commercial driver's:

            license;
            (B) meet the requirements for a school bus driver set forth in IC 20-27-8-4; and
            (C) effective July 1, 2010, meet the requirements for an operator of a special purpose bus set forth in IC 20-27-8-10.5.

        (2) If the special purpose bus has a capacity of more than fifteen (15) passengers, the operator must meet the requirements for a school bus driver set out in IC 20-27-8.
    (d) A special purpose bus is not required to be constructed, equipped, or painted as specified for school buses under this article or by the rules of the committee.
    (e) An owner or operator of a special purpose bus, other than a special purpose bus owned or operated by a school corporation or a nonpublic school, is subject to IC 8-2.1.