[r90] Rep. Speedy's proposed legislation addresses public safety concerns for students (1/23/2012)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Start Date: 1/23/2012
End Date: 1/23/2012
STATEHOUSE- Rep. Mike Speedy’s (R-Indianapolis) authored legislation, House Bill (HB) 1134, would prevent parents and students from being charged for transportation to and from school. The bill passed out of the Education Committee Monday morning with a 9-0 vote.

Currently students in Franklin Township are being charged a fee to take the bus to school. The proposed legislation would help clarify the law currently in place.

“At the heart of this bill lies a concern for public safety, as well as the protection of Hoosier family budgets,” said Rep. Speedy. “More and more parents driving in and out of school parking lots to drop their students off, combined with the increased number of students walking to school, through the parking lots and in between cars, creates a major safety hazard that concerns me deeply.”

Along with transportation fee clarifications, HB 1134 would also incentivize school corporations to establish fiscally proven practices of periodic oil changes and sampling of cooling system fluids of busses. Those periodic samples will then be used to determine the length of time a bus can be used before being replaced. If a school corporation can show savings in fluid analysis, the school may transfer these savings in their general funds for other programs and expenses. 

 “The safety concerns of our students need to be addressed,” said Rep. Speedy. “Passing this legislation would not only improve public safety, but it would also help ensure sound fiscal practices throughout Franklin Township and the rest of Indiana.” 

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Rep. Mike Speedy represents District 90 which includes the eastern half of Perry Township, almost all of Franklin Township and the southeastern third of Warren Township. Rep. Speedy serves as Vice Chair of the Roads and Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Employment, Labor and Pensions and Financial Institutions Committees.

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