SCHL BUS CROSSING CONTROL ARMS
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the School Code, Illinois Vehicle Code, and the Civil
Administrative Code of Illinois. Establishes a matching grant
reimbursement program under which school districts are reimbursed,
from a separate appropriation made for that purpose, for one-third of
the approved additional costs which they incur as a result of the
installation of crossing control arms on school buses. Subject to a
limited exemption for school buses from sister states, prohibits
operating a school bus in Illinois after December 31, 1997 unless the
bus is equipped with a crossing control arm meeting standards
promulgated by the Department of Transportation. Provides that if a
school bus is manufactured after December 31, 1997 the crossing
control arm must be installed by the original bus body manufacturer.
Provides that if the crossing control arms are installed on buses
manufactured before December 31, 1997 on school buses owned,
purchased, or leased by a school district, the district, in order to
qualify for matching grant reimbursement, must purchase the crossing
control arms from the Department of Central Management Services.
Provides for the Department of Central Management Services to purchase
or contract for the purchase of crossing control arms and to sell them
to school districts at the competitively bid State contract price.
Adds provisions relative to the procedure for obtaining reimbursement.
Effective July 1, 1997.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Deletes reference to:
20 ILCS 405/35.10 new
105 ILCS 5/29-18 new
Deletes all changes proposed by the bill as introduced to the
Civil Administrative Code (relative to DCMS purchasing crossing con-
trol arms and reselling them to school districts) and to the School
Code (relative to establishing a matching grant reimbursement program
for costs incurred by the school districts as a result of installing
crossing control arms on school buses). Changes to 12/31/99 (from
12/31/97) the date after which operation of a Type I or Type II
school bus (even if manufactured before 12/31/97) may not be operated
or used as a school bus in Illinois.
FISCAL NOTE (State Bd. of Ed.)
Commercial cost to equip all buses would be $5.4 M to $21.6 M
(at $300 to $1200 per unit), minus the cost for dists. that
will have received funds in FY97 and FY98. All responsibility
would be on the LEAs for payment of the safety devices.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Education)
No change from SBE fiscal note.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Corrects a reference to a Section number of the Illinois Compiled
Statutes. Replaces a provision stating that a crossing control arm
shall be designed to require children crossing in front of a school
bus to walk a sufficient distance from the front of the bus to be
clearly observed by the bus driver with a provision stating that the
crossing control arm shall be designed as prescribed by rules
promulgated by the State Board of Education.
FISCAL NOTE, REVISED (State Bd. of Ed.)
Retrofitting would cost approximately $4.5 M (at $150 to $1200
commercial cost per unit). Local schools can be reimbursed for
these costs under the transportation reimbursement program.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE, REVISED (State Bd. of Ed.)
No change from SBE fiscal note, revised.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0108
Last action date: 97-07-14
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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