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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1574
       By Senator Wise
       5-01544-10                                            20101574__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to public school transportation;
    3         amending s. 1006.22, F.S.; authorizing district school
    4         boards to designate and use certain elementary schools
    5         as transportation hubs; amending s. 1006.23, F.S.;
    6         revising provisions relating to hazardous walking
    7         conditions to conform to changes made by the act;
    8         amending s. 1006.25, F.S.; providing for district
    9         school board policies that authorize private
   10         advertisements on school buses; providing for payment
   11         of an advertisement fee and use of the fee by the
   12         district school board; requiring State Board of
   13         Education rules relating to display of advertisements;
   14         amending s. 1011.68, F.S.; revising requirements for
   15         funding the transportation of students; providing an
   16         effective date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Paragraph (d) is added to subsection (12) of
   21  section 1006.22, Florida Statutes, to read:
   22         1006.22 Safety and health of students being transported.
   23  Maximum regard for safety and adequate protection of health are
   24  primary requirements that must be observed by district school
   25  boards in routing buses, appointing drivers, and providing and
   26  operating equipment, in accordance with all requirements of law
   27  and rules of the State Board of Education in providing
   28  transportation pursuant to s. 1006.21:
   29         (12)
   30         (d) Each district school board, after considering
   31  recommendations from the district school superintendent, may
   32  designate, by map or otherwise, or may provide by district
   33  school board rule for the designation of, transportation hubs
   34  composed of elementary schools located in the school district
   35  that shall be used as established bus stops from which middle
   36  school and high school students shall be transported to their
   37  designated school locations. A transportation hub shall be
   38  designated as an official bus stop on a specific route to be
   39  traveled regularly by a school bus pursuant to paragraph (b).
   40         Section 2. Subsection (3) of section 1006.23, Florida
   41  Statutes, is amended to read:
   42         1006.23 Hazardous walking conditions.—
   43         (3) IDENTIFICATION OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.—When a request
   44  for review is made to the district school superintendent or the
   45  district school superintendent’s designee concerning a condition
   46  perceived to be hazardous to students in that district who walk
   47  to school, are in kindergarten through grade 5, and live within
   48  the 2-mile limit or and who walk to school, are in grades 6
   49  through 12, and live within the 3-mile limit, such condition
   50  shall be inspected by a representative of the school district
   51  and a representative of the state or local governmental entity
   52  that has jurisdiction over the perceived hazardous location. The
   53  district school superintendent or his or her designee and the
   54  state or local governmental entity or its representative shall
   55  then make a final determination that is mutually agreed upon
   56  regarding whether the hazardous condition meets the state
   57  criteria pursuant to this section. The district school
   58  superintendent or his or her designee shall report this final
   59  determination to the department.
   60         Section 3. Subsection (5) is added to section 1006.25,
   61  Florida Statutes, to read:
   62         1006.25 School buses.—School buses shall be defined and
   63  meet specifications as follows:
   64         (5) ADVERTISEMENTS.—
   65         (a) Private advertisements may be placed on the exterior of
   66  a school bus according to district school board policies that
   67  require the following:
   68         1. Any individual or business entity may advertise on a
   69  school bus by paying a fee to be set by the district school
   70  board. Up to 5 percent of the fee collected may be used to pay
   71  advertising agency costs. The remainder of the fee shall be used
   72  by the district school board for school transportation purposes.
   73         2. Only one individual or business entity may place
   74  advertisements on a school bus.
   75         (b) The design, placement, and size of signage on the
   76  exterior of a school bus acknowledging the advertiser shall be
   77  prescribed by rule of the State Board of Education.
   78         Section 4. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
   79  1011.68, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   80         1011.68 Funds for student transportation.—The annual
   81  allocation to each district for transportation to public school
   82  programs, including charter schools as provided in s.
   83  1002.33(17)(b), of students in membership in kindergarten
   84  through grade 12 and in migrant and exceptional student programs
   85  below kindergarten shall be determined as follows:
   86         (1) Subject to the rules of the State Board of Education,
   87  each district shall determine the membership of students who are
   88  transported:
   89         (a)1. By reason of living 2 miles or more from an
   90  elementary school that enrolls any combination of students in
   91  kindergarten through grade 5.
   92         2. By reason of living 3 miles or more from a middle school
   93  or a high school that enrolls any combination of students in
   94  grades 6 through 12.
   95         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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