Legislation to allow ads on school buses to help schools boost revenue received final legislative approval on Monday.
The bill (A-1637), which was approved 28-2 by the Senate, would allow school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses owned or leased by the school district.
The bill would require 50 percent of any revenue generated by the sale to be used by the board to offset the fuel costs of providing pupil transportation services and the remaining 50 percent of the revenue would be used to support programs and services the board deems appropriate.
The bill would also require all advertisements to be approved by the local board of education prior to their use. Advertisements for tobacco or alcohol products or for political advocacy would be prohibited, in addition to any other advertisements that the Commissioner of Education deems inappropriate.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.