Bill would require seat belts in school buses and drivers to be at least 25

Tennessee state Rep. JoAnne Favors visited the Times Free Press for a meeting with the editorial board at the newspaper's offices on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Chattanooga.

NASHVILLE - State Rep. JoAnne Favors today filed her school bus seat belt bill with Sen. Todd Gardenhire expected to introduce the Senate version aimed at addressing safety concerns following the crash of a school bus in Chattanooga in which six Woodmore Elementary School students died.

Favors, D-Chattanooga, said earlier this week she planned to file the long-discussed bill likely today. It would require buses purchased as of July 1, 2018, come equipped with safety belts.

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