Nathan’s law could be in jeopardy

Nathan’s Law in jeopardy again


The bill known as Nathan’s Law, aimed at increasing school bus safety, is in jeopardy of dying if a compromise isn’t reached soon between conferees from the Mississippi House and Senate.

According to the Laurel Leader-Call, State Senator Chris McDaniel, who helped author the bill, says the two sides are at a stalemate.

Three members from each chamber were selected to come to a compromise on the bill after the House approved what McDaniel calls a watered down version of the original bill passed by the Senate. Rep. Ed Blackmon is the chairman of the committee which took out certain provisions of the initial bill.

“Nathan’s Law” was written after the death of 5-year-old Nathan Key who was killed by a driver who illegally passed the boy’s stopped school bus in front of his home in Jones County.

Nathan’s mother, Lori Key, drove to Ed Blackmon’s district in Canton Wednesday with petitions to collect signatures asking the legislature to pass the bill in it’s original form. 

Track the progress of Nathan’s Law at the Mississippi Legislature’s web site.

By Mike McDaniel

WLOX- ch 13

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