February 20, 2013
SENATE BILL No. 421
DIGEST OF SB 421
(Updated February 19, 2013 11:05 am - DI 103)
Citations Affected: IC 9-19; IC 20-27.
Synopsis: School bus safety. Requires the state school bus committee
(committee) to have a regular meeting once each quarter (current law
requires a meeting each month). Requires the committee to adopt and
enforce rules to require that a school bus driver operating a school bus
equipped with safety belts do the following at least once a semester: (1)
Provide instruction to the passengers on the school bus on the proper
fastening of the safety belt about the passenger's body. (2) Conduct a
passenger evacuation drill. Provides that the failure to provide the
instruction or conduct the drill subjects: (1) an employee of a school
corporation to removal from employment; and (2) a person operating
a school bus under contract to cancellation of the contract.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 10, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Homeland Security,
Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
February 19, 2013, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
February 20, 2013
First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)
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SENATE BILL No. 421
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 9-19-13-2; (13)SB0421.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 9-19-13-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 2. An officer or
employee of a school corporation who:
(1) violates any of the rules, including those required by
IC 20-27-3-6.5, adopted by the state school bus committee
concerning the design and operation of school buses; or
(2) fails to include an obligation to comply with those rules in a
contract executed by the officer or employee on behalf of a school
is guilty of misconduct and subject to removal from office or
SOURCE: IC 9-19-13-3; (13)SB0421.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 9-19-13-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 3. A person operating
a school bus under contract with a school corporation who fails to
comply with any of the rules, including those required by
adopted by the state school bus committee concerning
the design and operation of school buses is guilty of breach of contract.
The contract may be canceled after notice and hearing by responsible
officers of the school corporation.
SOURCE: IC 20-27-3-3; (13)SB0421.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 20-27-3-3, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005, SECTION
11, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1,
2013]: Sec. 3. (a) The committee:
(1) shall hold one (1) regular meeting each
month; quarter; and
(2) may hold special meetings as the chairperson considers
(b) Four (4) voting members of the committee constitute a quorum
for the transaction of official business.
SOURCE: IC 20-27-3-6.5; (13)SB0421.1.4. -->
SECTION 4. IC 20-27-3-6.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2013]: Sec. 6.5. The committee shall adopt and enforce rules
under IC 4-22-2 to require that a school bus driver operating a
school bus do the following at least one (1) time each semester:
(1) If the school bus is equipped with safety belts meeting the
standards set forth in IC 9-19-10-2, provide instruction to the
passengers on the school bus on the proper fastening of the
safety belt about the passenger's body.
(2) Conduct a school bus passenger evacuation drill.