Florida is one of several states that are allowing parents to opt out of a public school’s school bus service and drive their own vehicle, a new law that has sparked outrage among parents.
State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-St. Petersburg, sponsored Senate Bill 659, which allows parents to decide to drive school buses for their children at their own expense and would require school bus drivers to have a valid driver’s license.
The bill is scheduled for a hearing next week.
It’s one of a handful of states that have moved in that direction.
The others include Idaho, Missouri and South Dakota, all of which require parents to have parental consent.
But Fasano said the legislation was needed to stop a trend that he said was dangerous to children.
“It’s going to have unintended consequences,” Fasano told The Associated Press.
They’re not taking their children out of the house to play, they’re not going to teach them anything. “
I believe the people who are putting their hands on their children are doing it to take their children away from their parents.
They’re not taking their children out of the house to play, they’re not going to teach them anything.
They are putting them in a vehicle and sending them away to school, to a place where they’re being taught to drive.”
Fasano’s bill has the backing of the Florida School Bus Association, which represents school bus operators.
It says parents have the right to choose the type of vehicle they want to use for their child’s education.
The bill would not affect Florida drivers or drivers of private passenger vehicles.
It also did not affect the school bus operator and the state Department of Transportation, which regulates the bus industry.
The department said in a statement that it “takes seriously the concerns of Florida parents about the use of school buses by students.
We’re working to make the right decisions for all of our students.”
The Associated Press reported that parents in other states are taking a different approach.
In New Jersey, parents who opt out would still be able to take a private vehicle, but it would have to be approved by the state government.