AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE SMART SCHOOL BUS SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM IN CERTAIN COUNTIES.
House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.
Expands the Smart School Bus Safety Pilot Program (program) to be established by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), now providing for 21 (was 17) authorized local school administrative units to participate in the program, adding Burke County Schools, Chatham County Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools, and Transylvania County Schools. Exempts the selection of qualifying vendors to contract with authorized units from the requirements of GS 115C-240(d) (regarding State Board of Education assistance with school bus operation). Increases the appropriation from the General Fund to DPI for 2021-22 from $11,039,330 to $13,752,000 to establish the program. Revises the allocations to be made in specified amounts to each unit authorized to participate in the program, as revised.
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