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Louisiana Attorney General Asked to Rule on New School Bus Law

 

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A new state law could cause a big increase in school bus costs and travel times across the state, but it might be put on hold.KEEL News contacted Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office today and we have learned that he has been asked to issue a ruling on the new law which is set to go into effect August 1, 2014.

The law prohibits bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes.

Some superintendents tell us this could cost 20 percent more in costs and could nearly double bus route times for students.diestimated

A spokesman for the AG’s office tells KEEL News “we will not comment on the new law until a ruling is issued.”

The law was meant to address problems in urban areas such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, but is having unintended effects on school districts across the state as the beginning of the new school year rapidly approaches.

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