Mississippi Senate passes school bus safety bill

JACKSON – The Mississippi Senate has passed a compromise proposal on Nathan’s Law, which supporters say would strengthen the state’s school bus safety standards.

The bill passed unanimously Friday. It’s still pending in the House. The bill is named for Nathan Key, a Jones County boy who was killed after he got off a school bus in 2009.

The bill makes the punishment for injuring a child while passing a school bus is the same as it would be for aggravated assault.

The proposal also requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined up to $750 for a first offense. On a second offense, violators face a fine and up to a year in prison.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2472.

The Associated Press