CA Assembly Approves Measures on School Buses and Local Elections

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School BusThe state Assembly on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal.

Assembly Bill 462 gives school districts new flexibility with existing clean air funds, so that they can replace the pressurized tanks on natural-gas-powered school buses. The bill ensures that school districts don’t have to sideline buses because they couldn’t afford to replace the fuel tanks.

“Every dollar has to count, that’s really the point here,” said Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. “We want to keep clean buses on the road. Our children and our communities deserve no less.”

Shortly before approving Lowenthal’s school bus bill to the governor, the Assembly approved her AB 362. This bill will stop political mischief makers from using out-of-date rules to clog county ballots with bogus candidates. In recent election cycles, pranksters made use of loose election rules to add the names of write-in candidates for the office of Superior Court judge, despite the fact the so-called candidates did not qualify for that post.

“Elections cost a lot of money,” said Lowenthal. “Of course, you can’t put a price on democracy, but you can certainly have rules that prevent people from playing games with our tax dollars.”

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