UPDATE: Seat belts on school buses to be explored again in Tennessee General Assembly
A renewed effort to put seat belts in all Tennessee school buses will begin when legislators return to Nashville.
Sparked by November 2016 crash in Chattanooga that killed six young students, state leaders are pushing to put seat belts on all new school buses. Critics are complaining about the cost this would put on the state which would start around $15 million.
We spoke with one local legislator who says there are lots of variables that have to take place before the bill gets to the floor.
"I'm all in favor for what makes our kids safer on riding school buses. There's a lot of variables that you got to look into. We need to hear from different safety committees to understand the impact and like kids wearing seat belts you know who is responsible to make sure they get out of their seat belts,” Rep. John Holsclaw of Carter County told News 5 on Wednesday.
The next legislative session begins Tuesday, Jan. 9.