Rep. Klippert supporting “Good Samaritan” bill for school bus drivers

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, is supporting House Bill 1120 which would protect school bus drivers from civil or criminal liability when they act to prevent injury and save the lives of another person. The bipartisan bill was introduced last session, and Klippert hopes it will once again pass out of the House Judiciary Committee.

“This bill is an important protection for school bus drivers who act in good faith to assist those in serious danger,” said Klippert. “School bus drivers are often the first line of defense for their students and face countless risks on a daily basis and they shouldn't hesitate to intervene to protect students because they are afraid they'll get sued. This bill is good for public safety, bus drivers and, above all, students.”

Klippert praised local members of the Public School Employees of Washington for traveling to Olympia to advocate for this bill.

“It's always wonderful to see people from home make the trip to Olympia to discuss issues they care about. We have a lot of work to do over the next several weeks but it's so important to hear directly from the people most affected by the bills before the Legislature,” Klippert said.

Rep. Klippert encourages everyone who has an interest in this legislation to contact his office by phone at 360-786-7882 or e-mail at brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov and, if possible, come to Olympia to testify on this bill.

The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March, 10.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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