- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Children in Rhode Island would have to wear seat belts on school buses under a bill being considered in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

The Rhode Island Senate approved the bill by a 37-0 vote last week.

It would require all new school buses bought or leased in the state to be equipped with seat belts for the driver and every passenger.

West Warwick Democratic Sen. Adam Satchell says he introduced the bill because Rhode Island has strict rules for safety in cars but no safety restraints in school buses.

It would also require school districts to plan bus evacuation drills.

Rep. Robert Nardolillo, a Coventry Republican, has sponsored companion legislation in the House.

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