Dem lawmaker looks to impose minimum nationwide penalties for passing a stopped school bus

Braley's bill, H.R. 4236, is based on Iowa's new Kadyn's Law, which was signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) less than a week ago. The state law is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was killed last year by a driver who did not stop as Halverson crossed a street to get to her bus.

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Under the state law, a first offense for passing a stopped bus is a minimum $250 fine and the possibility of up to 30 days in jail. A second offense within five years carries a fine ranging from $315 to $1,875, and the possibility of up to one year in jail.

Braley's nationwide bill would require states to enact and enforce a minimum $250 fine and the possibility of jail time and license suspension for a first offense, and a minimum $315 fine and jail/license suspension possibilities for the second offense.

States that fail to impose these minimum fines would see a 10 percent cut in federal highway funds each year until these standards are adopted.