Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Thursday legislation that will require all school districts to purchase new school buses equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts as of this coming Sept. 1.
Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed several items in the General Assembly's approved budget, including a provision allocating $28.9 million to start replacing decades-old school buses that give the state the infamy of operating the oldest fleet in the nation.
PBS News Hour aired a segment as part of its weekly feature "Making the Grade" that provided insights into why some school districts are choosing to equip the school buses with lap-shoulder seat belts while others are not.
The National School Transportation Association said the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, or DERA, is earmarked to receive a 20 percent increase in funding, this despite an overall reduction in funding to the U.S. EPA.