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S. 1818: SECURES Act of 2019

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Should all school buses have seat belts?


A May 2018 school bus crash in New Jersey tragically killed 10-year-old Miranda Vargas and middle school teacher Jennifer Williamson. The bus collided with a dump truck en route to a student field trip, and the 77-year-old bus driver was subsequently charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Since then, victim Vargas’s father Joevanny Vargas successfully pushed New Jersey to require three-point seat belts — featuring both lap and shoulder belts — on school buses. Only eight states currently have the mandate, although they span the political spectrum and include all of the four most populous states: Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

On the federal level, a regulation passed in 2008 requires all buses less than 10 ...

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Robert “Bob” Menendez

Sponsor. Senior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jun 12, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 12, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 12, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jun 12, 2019

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