January 22, 2003
Posted at: 5:35 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House approved legislation today that would make it illegal for school bus drivers to use cell phones while driving, along with a bill to make it simpler for community colleges to get sales tax revenue due them.
Under Representative Mike Creekmore's bill, school bus drivers who used a cell phone while driving would face an unclassified misdemeanor charge. The fine would be between $100 and $250. The legislation, approved 95-to-two, makes an exception for emergency situations.
In 2001, the state Board of Education approved a similar measure. Creekmore said he offered the bill because of calls from constituents who complained about unsafe school bus driving.
Some members in committee questioned whether such regulations would be better left to local administrators, but others said it's an issue of public safety.