LEE COUNTY, Fla.- They carry precious cargo, so should school buses be moving billboards?
Legislation in Tallahassee would allow districts to advertise on school buses, but not everyone is on board with the idea. If House bill 19 becomes law, school buses will look a lot different. House lawmakers passed the legislation Wednesday, despite concerns from some parents and district leaders.
Lee school board member Tom Scott has gone on record as saying he doesn't think advertising on buses is a good idea. He says the ads could become a public safety issue and district drivers.
But school board chairwoman Mary Fischer says she's been keeping a close eye on the legislation and recognizes there are both pros and cons. She says allowing advertising on school buses will help raise much needed revenue for cash-strapped transportation departments.
The bill requires half the money raised through ads go toward transportation costs and 10 percent to driver education, but Fischer does say the content of the ads will need to be closely monitored.
In a statement, the Collier County school district tells WINK News they're keeping an eye on the legislation, but haven't made any decision on whether they would move forward with advertising on buses, even if it is permitted by law.
The bill has not yet been approved in the Senate.