Proposed MN school bus bill aims to ensure student safety

By KBJR News 1

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A bill making its rounds at the Minnesota Capitol aims to strengthen school bus and student transportation rules.

Under the bill, bus drivers would need to make inspections after a route to ensure no student remains on the bus.

If a child is left on a bus, the bill gives prosecutors the option to press charges if certain school and transportation leaders are not informed.

Bus drivers would also not be allowed to drive any vehicle that the Department of Public Safety has inspected and marked "out of service," due to equipment concerns, such as break problems.

The bill was heard by the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee.