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Push underway for seat belts on school buses

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NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) - Citing a December three-fatality accident in Knoxville, state Rep. Joe Armstrong says he will continue to push for passage of a law requiring seat belts on school buses this year despite skepticism voiced by officials of Gov. Bill Haslam's administration and some fellow legislators.

“This is something that means safety for our children and there's nothing more important,” said Armstrong, D-Knoxville. “I don't see how anyone can argue that we shouldn't put protection for children in place when we can.”

The veteran legislator argues that 2015 presents a “ideal opportunity” for Tennessee to join a handful of other states that have required seat belts on school buses.

Tennessee school systems wrote their budgets for the year with last year's high gas prices in mind, he said, and those prices have fallen dramatically – meaning there will be surplus money available in districts around the state that could now be budgeted for bus belts.

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