Ohio’s Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is working with Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison increase federal regulation of charter bus safety. Brown testified today (Wednesday) before the Senate Committee of Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Brown and Hutchison first introduced the bill in December in response to the tour bus crash that killed five Bluffton University baseball players in 2007. The bill includes requirements for seatbelts, fire extinguishers, stronger windows and more driver training.
It stalled in the Senate last year after Oklahoma Sen.Tom Coburn put a hold on the bill because of its expense. But Joan Claybrook of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says the changes would cost about a nickel per passenger.
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