[UPDATE] School Bus Ads Bill Re-filed

By: Jill Chandler; The News Service of Florida Email
By: Jill Chandler; The News Service of Florida Email

[UPDATE] 9-27 -

A proposal to let school districts allow ads on school busses as a way of bringing in revenue was filed Monday in the Senate. The measure (SB 344) is sponsored by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee. The same proposal was filed in the Legislature last session but died in committee in both chambers. A House version (HB 19) of this year's bill has already been filed, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka.


[UPDATE] 6-23 -

A proposal to let school districts allow ads on school busses as a way of bringing in revenue will be considered by lawmakers again next year. Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, last week filed the bill (HB 19) for the coming session. Nelson co-sponsored the same measure last year, but it died in committee in both chambers.


Senator Bill Montford is proposing a plan to let school districts sell advertising on buses to raise money for the school district. In the aftermath of Governor Rick Scott's budget proposal with more than $3 billion dollars in cuts to education, educators say any little bit will help.

Senator Bill Montford said these are hard times and his legislation gives school districts the option to generate revenue.

Senator Montford said, "This is a way for the school district to make a decision, if they wish to do this and generate some funds to be able to save some programs or save some jobs then I think it's a very good move."

Guidelines will be in place as to who can or cannot advertise on the buses, Montford said there is already a precedent set by ads at high school stadiums.

"There are good measures, there are good guidelines, there will be nothing offensive, nothing questionable," Senator Montford said.

Students we spoke to say if it means helping the school, they don't mind the ads.

Leon High School Jon Bielby said, "Anything that can help get the money back in the system and back on our feet, I'm a fan of."

His classmate, Savannah Kelly, agreed, "It'd be really different to see advertisements for different companies on a school bus, you don't really think about it, but if it helps education and helps fund it, I support it."

Senator Montford is unsure of just how much money these ads will make because school districts will have the option to take part in the sale or not. If passed the sale of advertisements on buses will start July 1st, 2011.

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  • by me on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    The Gay and Lesbian organizations will be the first group advertising on the school bus trying to indoctrinate children.
  • by JW Location: Tallahassee on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Nothing like being distracted by an ad on a school bus full of children. Where is the common sense?
  • by Really? Location: TLH on Sep 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    I don't like this idea either. Young children will stand a better chance of getting on the wrong bus because of the signs ... today the McDonald's bus, tomorrow the Viagra bus. Who's going to choose the companies that get to advertise? There will be fights and lawsuits over what's appropriate for the various age groups of the kids. Kids will think that certain things are sanctioned by the school system because they saw it slapped all over their bus. It's a can of worms, if you ask me. Besides, can we please have something that's not reaching into our pockets trying to grab our money at every turn.
  • by scott Location: north florida on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    I think that anything other than warning lights and stop signs on a school bus, is a bad idea. Folks need to be watching for the lights, and stop signs, not reading the bus signs. Even without the suggested signs some folks run through the stops signs on buses. Now they want signs adding more distraction from the safety systems of a school bus? I am not too keen on this idea. Motorists do not need another distraction, especially on a school bus.
  • by CJ Location: TLH on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    Wow, a democrat that actually wants to fund the schools without sucking more money from the taxpayers. What a great idea. Maybe there is hope for the country. Keep up the good work Bill. You'll have my vote for what ever you fun for.
  • by Tallahassee Lassie Location: Tallahassee on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    It sounds like a good idea to me. And being a retired teacher, I agree anything to keep from cutting Teachers salaries. And yes Bill...PLEASE run for Governor. I have campaigned for you for every thing else. I will campaign for that to.
  • by dog Location: gone on Jun 23, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    Ride the HOOTERS Bus to school.
  • by Belinda Location: Wakulla on Feb 26, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    Way to go Sen. Montford! Great idea! I'm so glad that SOMEONE is looking for a way to fund schools other than taking it away from teachers! Ever think of running for Governor?
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      by Lynn on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:23 PM in reply to Belinda
      Bill would make an excellent Governor! He would certainly have my vote! And many others.
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