School Bus Cameras - Legislation Before The Alabama LegislatureRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 17 2013 9:26 AM
There are proposals (SB 21 Sen. Jimmy Holley,HB 183 Rep. Lesley Vance) to equip school buses with cameras to catch drivers who fail to stop while students load and unload, and the bills contain all kinds of harmful entanglements for counties. Key county objections are:
- This program should be a school system function operated fully by school personnel. Counties don’t have the manpower.
- It would cost us revenue, because drivers would be blocked from renewing their car tags and driver licenses if they had an unpaid violation.
- The company that operates the cameras gets the first cut of the money, so the county would be serving as tax collector for a private business.
We have attached a document to this email that goes into more detail about our concerns with this legislation.
The Senate version could come up in committee as soon as Tuesday. Please ask committee members to OPPOSE SB 21 unless counties are removed from the legislation. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee: Holley, Chairperson; Bedford, Vice chairperson; Beason, Brewbaker, Coleman, Dunn, Figures, Orr, Pittman, Sanford, Taylor.