Public school buses; seat belts. (HB1710)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Cheryl Turpin (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public school buses; seat belts. Requires the Board of Education to make regulations to require each new public school bus purchased for the transportation of students to be equipped with a seat belt consisting of a lap belt and shoulder strap or harness in every seat. The bill requires each school board to ensure that no later than July 1, 2037, each school bus that it uses for the transportation of students is equipped with a seat belt in every seat. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/14/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100952D
12/14/2018Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/2019Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #2
01/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1710)
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 4-N)
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/2019Reported from Education (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/2019Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/25/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 2-N)
02/05/2019Left in Appropriations


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill had best come with the funding to put an additional employee on every bus, to monitor that kids are wearing their seatbelts properly, or else we're gonna see a bunch of snapped spines.