UPDATE: Miss. Senate nixes proposal for school bus ads

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi children won’t be seeing ads for sports drinks or expensive athletic shoes on their school buses anytime soon.

The Senate has killed a bill that would’ve let local school districts allow advertising inside or outside the big yellow buses.

The bill passed the House last month, with supporters saying it was an innovative way for districts to generate money when times are tight. Opponents say children shouldn’t be exposed to advertising in a setting where they’re not supervised by parents.

The bill would’ve banned ads for alcohol, tobacco or junk food or for political or religious causes.

Senators killed the entire proposal Wednesday.

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The bill is House Bill 1233.