Lawmaker prepares legislative push for school bus safety belts

FILE -- In this Nov. 2, 2011 file photo, school buses pick up students at Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma, Wash. A bill that would require school buses to have seat belts is being considered by lawmakers in Washington, one of more than a dozen states where school seat belt measures are on the legislative agenda this year. Senate Bill 5054 would mandate that all public and private school buses purchased after the bill takes effect have a safety belt for each rider. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
photo State Rep. JoAnne Favors during a meeting at the Times Free Press offices on May 26, 2015, in Chattanooga.

State Rep. JoAnne Favors intends to use a bill crafted two years ago in response to a Knoxville school bus crash as her starting point to address concerns about bus safety belts in Hamilton County after November's fatal Woodmore Elementary School bus crash.

"I've talked with several people about it," Favors told the Times Free Press this week in anticipation of the General Assembly reconvening next week.

The Chattanooga Democrat said she anticipates talking with all of the state's legislators.

"I don't want this to be a fight," Favors added. "I want it to be something that we all feel would be in the interest of the safety of the children."