Negotiations set for Miss. school bus safety bill

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will try to negotiate a final version of a bill setting penalties for passing stopped school buses.

The bill was filed in response to the 2009 death of 5-year-old Nathan Key, a Jones County boy who was hit by a car after he got off a bus.

The Senate passed a version of the bill that said other motorists should stop at least 30 feet from a stopped school bus. It also said only hands-free cell phones could be used by motorists in school zones

The version of the bill that passed the House took out the 30-foot buffer zone and the limits on cell phone usage. The Senate on Monday rejected the House changes.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2505.