Bill signed to reverse last year's changes to Georgia school bus law


    MACON, Ga (WGXA) - State School Superintendent Richard Woods says Senate Bill 25 was signed Friday to reverse the change of bus laws that House Bill 978 -- signed into law last year -- implemented. It will take effect immediately.

    House Bill 978 addressed passing a stopped school bus on a highway divided by a turn lane.

    "It is once again clear that in Georgia it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus unless on a highway divided by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier," state superintendent Woods said in a statement Friday. "I commend Governor Kemp and our legislators, including Senator Heath and Representative Ehrhart, for acting swiftly in the interest of students’ safety.

    "I can rest a little easier tonight, and I believe that’s true for our school transportation directors and parents as well.”

    “First of all, I want to thank House and Senate leadership – and all members of the General Assembly – for their unanimous support of this important legislation," said Governor Kemp. "Republicans and Democrats all recognized that swift action was needed on this issue. When it came to ensuring the safety of our families and our children, I am proud to say that we all stood together. I would also like to thank the two bill sponsors, Senator Bill Heath and Representative Ginny Ehrhart, for their hard work on S.B. 25.”

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