90th General Assembly
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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

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   1


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