BILL NUMBER: SB 1072	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Mendoza
   (Coauthor: Assembly Member Calderon)

                        FEBRUARY 16, 2016

   An act to amend Sections 39831.3, 39860, and 40085 of, and to add
Section 39843 to, the Education Code, and to amend Section 13370 of,
and to add Article 18 (commencing with Section 28160) to Chapter 5 of
Division 12 of, the Vehicle Code, relating to schoolbus safety.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1072, as introduced, Mendoza. Schoolbus safety: child safety
alarm system.
   Existing law requires the county superintendent of schools, the
superintendent of a school district, or the owner or operator of a
private school that provides transportation to or from a school or
school activity to prepare a transportation safety plan containing
procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe
transport of pupils, as prescribed.
   This bill would require that procedures to ensure that a pupil is
not left unattended on a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, or
youth bus be included in that plan.
   Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district
to contract for the transportation of pupils attending schools within
the district, as specified.
   This bill would require the governing board of a school district
to require that any contract for the transportation of pupils
includes the requirement that a pupil shall not be left unattended on
a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, or youth bus, as provided.
   Existing law requires applicants seeking to renew a certificate to
drive a schoolbus or a school pupil activity bus to complete
classroom instruction and training, as specified.
   This bill would require that classroom instruction to also cover
the inspection procedures to ensure pupils are not left unattended on
a schoolbus or school pupil activity bus.
   Existing law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to refuse
to issue or renew, and to revoke or suspend, a schoolbus, school
pupil activity bus, or youth bus driver certificate under certain,
listed conditions.
   This bill would require certain school officials to notify the
department when a driver of such a bus has left a pupil unattended
onboard, and authorize the department to refuse to issue or renew,
and to revoke or suspend, a bus driver certificate on these grounds.
   Existing law requires all schoolbuses to be equipped with certain
safety features, as specified.
   This bill would require schoolbuses, school pupil activity buses,
and youth buses to be equipped with a "child safety alarm system,"
which is a device located at the interior rear of a vehicle that
requires the driver to manually contact the device before exiting the
vehicle, thereby prompting the driver to inspect the entirety of the
interior of the vehicle before exiting.
   Because a violation of the above requirement would be a Vehicle
Code infraction, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program
by creating new crimes.
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 39831.3 of the Education Code is amended to
read:
   39831.3.  (a) The county superintendent of schools, the
superintendent of a school district, or the owner or operator of a
private school that provides transportation to or from a school or
school activity shall prepare a transportation safety plan containing
procedures for school personnel to follow to ensure the safe
transport of pupils. The plan shall be revised as required. The plan
shall address all of the following:
   (1) Determining if pupils require escort pursuant to paragraph
 (3)   (1)  of subdivision  (c)
  (d)  of Section 22112 of the Vehicle Code.
   (2) (A) Procedures for all pupils in prekindergarten,
kindergarten, and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, to follow as they board
and exit the appropriate schoolbus at each pupil's schoolbus stop.
   (B) Nothing in this paragraph requires a county superintendent of
schools, the superintendent of a school district, or the owner or
operator of a private school that provides transportation to or from
a school or school activity, to use the services of an onboard
schoolbus monitor, in addition to the driver, to carry out the
purposes of this paragraph.
   (3) Boarding and exiting a schoolbus at a school or other trip
destination. 
   (4) Procedures to ensure that a pupil is not left unattended on a
schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, or youth bus. 
   (b) A current copy of a plan prepared pursuant to subdivision (a)
shall be retained by each school subject to the plan and made
available upon request to an officer of the Department of the
California Highway Patrol.
  SEC. 2.  Section 39843 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   39843.  The county superintendent of schools, the superintendent
of a school district, or the owner or operator of a private school
that provides transportation to or from a school or school activity
shall notify the Department of Motor Vehicles within five calendar
days of discovery that a driver of a schoolbus, school pupil activity
bus, or youth bus has left the immediate vicinity of the vehicle to
which they have been assigned with an unsupervised pupil onboard. For
purposes of this section, escorting pupils pursuant to paragraph (1)
of subdivision (d) of Section 22112 of the Vehicle Code shall not be
considered leaving the immediate vicinity of the vehicle.
  SEC. 3.  Section 39860 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   39860.   (a)   The governing board of 
any   a  school district may contract for the
transportation of pupils attending schools within the district to and
from any exposition or fair, school activities, or other activities
 which   that  the governing board  of
the school district  determines to be for the benefit of the
pupils, in this state, and may pay for the transportation out of any
funds of the  school  district available for the purpose.

   (b) The governing board of a school district shall require that
any contract for the transportation of pupils under this section
shall include the requirement that a pupil shall not be left
unattended on a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, or youth bus in
accordance with paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 39831.3.

  SEC. 4.  Section 40085 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   40085.  Applicants seeking to renew a certificate to drive a
schoolbus as defined in Section 545 of the Vehicle Code or a school
pupil activity bus as defined in Section 546 of the Vehicle Code
shall have successfully completed at least 10 hours of original or
renewal classroom instruction, or behind-the-wheel or in-service
 training   training,  during each 12
months of certificate validity. In-service training credit may be
given by a state-certified driver instructor of the appropriate class
to an applicant for attending or participating in appropriate driver
training workshops, driver safety meetings, driver safety
conferences, and other activities directly related to passenger
safety and driver training. During the last 12 months of the special
driver certificate validity, the 10 hours required shall consist of
classroom instruction covering, but not limited to, current laws and
regulations, defensive driving, accident prevention, emergency
procedures,  and  passenger loading and 
unloading.   unloading, and the inspection procedures
pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 39831.3.
 Failure to successfully complete the required training during
any 12-month period of certificate validity is cause for the
Department of Motor Vehicles to cancel the busdriver certificate. All
training required by Section 40089 may be accepted in lieu of the
requirements of this section.
  SEC. 5.  Section 13370 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
   13370.  (a) The department shall refuse to issue or shall revoke a
schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, general public paratransit
vehicle, or youth bus driver certificate, or a certificate for a
vehicle used for the transportation of developmentally disabled
persons, if any of the following causes apply to the applicant or
certificate holder:
   (1) Has been convicted of a sex offense as defined in Section
44010 of the Education Code.
   (2) Has been convicted, within two years, of an offense specified
in Section 11361.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
   (3) Has failed to meet prescribed training requirements for
certificate issuance.
   (4) Has failed to meet prescribed testing requirements for
certificate issuance.
   (5) Has been convicted of a violent felony listed in subdivision
(c) of Section 667.5 of the Penal Code, or a serious felony listed in
subdivision (c) of Section 1192.7 of the Penal Code. This paragraph
shall not be applied to revoke a license that was valid on January 1,
2005, unless the certificate holder is convicted for an offense that
is committed on or after that date.
   (b) The department may refuse to issue or renew, or may suspend or
revoke a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, general public
paratransit vehicle, or youth bus driver certificate, or a
certificate for a vehicle used for the transportation of
developmentally disabled  persons   persons,
 if any of the following causes apply to the applicant or
certificate holder:
   (1) Has been convicted of a crime specified in Section 44424 of
the Education Code within seven years. This paragraph does not apply
if denial is mandatory.
   (2) Has committed an act involving moral turpitude.
   (3) Has been convicted of an offense, not specified in this
section and other than a sex offense, that is punishable as a felony,
within seven years.
   (4) Has been dismissed as a driver for a cause relating to pupil
transportation safety.
   (5) Has been convicted, within seven years, of an offense relating
to the use, sale, possession, or transportation of narcotics,
habit-forming drugs, or dangerous drugs, except as provided in
paragraph (3) of subdivision (a). 
   (6) Has been reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles,
pursuant to Section 39843 of the Education Code, for leaving a pupil
unattended on a schoolbus, school pupil activity bus, or youth bus.

   (c) (1) Reapplication following refusal or revocation under
paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subdivision (a) or  any paragraph
of subdivision  (b) may be made after a period of not less than
one year after the effective date of refusal or revocation.
   (2) Reapplication following refusal or revocation under paragraph
(4) of subdivision (a) may be made after a period of not less than 45
days after the date of the applicant's third testing failure.
   (3) An applicant or holder of a certificate may reapply for a
certificate whenever a felony or misdemeanor conviction is reversed
or dismissed. A termination of probation and dismissal of charges
pursuant to Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code or a dismissal of
charges pursuant to Section 1203.4a of the Penal Code is not a
dismissal for purposes of this section.
  SEC. 6.  Article 18 (commencing with Section 28160) is added to
Chapter 5 of Division 12 of the Vehicle Code, to read:

      Article 18.  Child Safety Alarm System


   28160.  (a) On or before ____, the department shall adopt
regulations governing the specifications, installation, and use of
child safety alarm systems.
   (b) On or before ____, each schoolbus, school pupil activity bus,
and youth bus shall be equipped with an operational child safety
alarm system.
   (c) A "child safety alarm system" is a device located at the
interior rear of a vehicle that requires the driver to manually
contact the device before exiting the vehicle, thereby prompting the
driver to inspect the entirety of the interior of the vehicle before
exiting.
  SEC. 7.  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.