The Missouri House of Representatives passed a new bill today (Thursday) granting school districts the choice to put advertisements inside and outside their school buses. House Bill 1273 would help generate revenue for schools that allow advertising on their buses.
Half of that revenue would go to the district’s transportation budget, which saw state-wide cuts earlier this year. Bill sponsor Mike Kelley believes it’s important to give the schools the decision on running the ads. “This is something that I feel should have been their decision to start with. This is not about, you know, pushing things on children. This is about giving another revenue stream to schools in a time where we’re having a lot of economic crunch,” Kelley said.
Kelley says no tobacco, alcohol, or political ads may be placed on the buses.