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SB 1232 will assure that a school bus driver who is working within the scope of his or her duties will not be civilly or criminally liable for reasonably acting to aid a rider on the bus whom the school bus driver reasonably believes to be in imminent danger of harm or injury.

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Following a second round of amendments, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Monday, sponsored by the IEA, that would amend Idaho law to shield a school bus driver from civil or criminal liability in the event he or she comes to the aid of a rider who may be in danger.

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Except for a few straggling bills, most measures are either slated for a vote this week or have been secured in a dark desk drawer of a committee chairman for the remainder of the session.

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Both the House and Senate met Friday morning to continue whittling down the list of bills as they work their way toward a March 21 deadline. Both the House and Senate adjourned by noon on Friday. It is not uncommon for legislators to meet well into the afternoon on Fridays at this time in the session.

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