School safety discussed amid legislative session starting back up Monday

With the legislative session halfway over, state senators and representatives were in Fort Wayne to discuss the issues you're most concerned about.

Posted: Mar 1, 2019 5:59 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2019 8:46 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - With the legislative session halfway over, state senators and representatives were in Fort Wayne to discuss the issues you're most concerned about. 

School and bus safety were at the top of the list, following the tragedies Indiana saw in 2018. 

Senate Bill two will limit bus stop locations and increase penalties for anyone who doesn't stop for school buses. 

"Obviously that bill was heart wrenching, but went through easily, and I don't anticipate them having any issues with that in the house," said Senator Liz Brown.  

Brown said school safety funding has been a hot topic, and one that's aimed at protecting students and tax payers. 

"Some schools already have the cameras and the security doors, and some don't. Some would like to have more resource officers and things like that," she said. 

Representative David Abbott said the senate has also tossed around ideas for protecting students while their buses travel on major highways. This comes after a 13-year-old boy from Winamac, Indiana died after a truck hit his bus. 

"We would actually have, like say on US 31, a separate lane where school buses could pull over when they have to stop at an intersection or a railroad crossing," Abbott said. 

Brown said when it comes to school safety, many bills are supported across party lines. 

"57 percent of our bills pass unanimously. I think Senator Cruz pointed out that 65 percent passed with bipartisan support, which means republicans and democrats voted for the bills," she said. 

The legislative session starts back up next week. 

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