School Bus Purchasing Bill Gets Public Hearing

school busA proposal to eliminate a Department of Transportation rule prohibiting the purchase of a school bus previously titled and registered in another state if the bus is more than five years old had a public hearing before a Senate committee today in the State Capitol. Senate Bill 134, authored by state Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and state Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), was heard by the Senate Transportation & Veterans Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon).

IMG 0943[1]Sen. LeMahieu and Rep. Horlacher (pictured) testified in favor of the bill, arguing that the prohibition made no sense and this flexibility would save school districts money. WASB registered in support of the bill at the hearing on the grounds that it increases local authority and options in purchasing buses. No one testified or registered in opposition to the bill.

A companion bill, Assembly Bill 185, had a public hearing in the Assembly Transportation Committee in late April.  No one opposed the bill at this hearing either.

The next step is for each committee to vote on whether to recommend the bills to the full Senate and Assembly.  The Assembly committee vote is planned for next week Tuesday (May 23).