Florida Senate - 2011 SB 1124 By Senator Montford 6-01348-11 20111124__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public school buses; amending s. 3 1006.25, F.S.; providing for district school board 4 policies that authorize commercial advertisements on 5 school buses; providing policy requirements relating 6 to reimbursement to the school district, prohibited 7 advertisements, and signage and equipment standards; 8 requiring a school bus to be withdrawn from use under 9 certain circumstances; providing school district 10 indemnification from liability; providing for the 11 remittance and allocation of revenue; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (5) is added to section 1006.25, 17 Florida Statutes, to read: 18 1006.25 School buses.—School buses shall be defined and 19 meet specifications as follows: 20 (5) ADVERTISEMENTS.— 21 (a) Commercial advertisements may be placed on the exterior 22 of a school bus according to district school board policies that 23 require the following: 24 1. The school district must be reimbursed by the advertiser 25 for all costs incurred by the school district and its 26 contractors for supporting the advertising, including, but not 27 limited to, retrofitting buses, storing advertising, attaching 28 advertising to the bus, and related maintenance. 29 2. At a minimum, a contract must prohibit advertising and 30 advertising images that: 31 a. Solicit the sale, or promote the use, of alcoholic 32 beverages or tobacco products. 33 b. Are discriminatory in nature or content. 34 c. Imply or declare endorsement of the product or service 35 by the school district. 36 d. Contain material that is sexual in nature. 37 e. Contain material that is not child- and community- 38 sensitive. 39 f. Are false, misleading, or deceptive. 40 g. Relate to an illegal activity or antisocial behavior. 41 h. Distract from the effectiveness of required safety 42 warning equipment. 43 3. The design, placement, and size of signage on the 44 exterior of a school bus acknowledging the advertiser must be 45 prescribed by the district school board and address the 46 following minimum standards: 47 a. Cost of the advertising. 48 b. Designation of individuals authorized to sell and 49 approve the advertising. 50 c. Specification of how the advertising will be attached, 51 if not painted on the bus, including a prohibition against 52 signage that: 53 (I) Extends from the body of the bus so as to allow a 54 handhold or pose a danger to pedestrians. 55 (II) Covers any structural or sheet metal damage or 56 alteration. 57 (III) Interferes with the operation of any door, window, 58 required letting, lamp, reflector, or other device. 59 (IV) Is placed on the back door or a side emergency door. 60 (V) Interferes with school bus identification. 61 (VI) Is digital, including LCD, LED, or plasma screens, or 62 other forms of electronic displays that show running text, 63 animation, or other moving displays. 64 4. A school bus having attached advertising must meet the 65 school bus equipment standards under this section. 66 5. A school bus may not have more than two advertisements 67 at any given time. 68 (b) A school bus that violates this subsection must be 69 withdrawn from use as a school bus until it meets the 70 requirements of this subsection. 71 (c) The Commissioner of Education shall hold harmless and 72 indemnify a school district from any liability arising from 73 commercial advertising under this subsection. Within 5 days 74 after receipt of a claim pursuant to this subsection, a school 75 district shall tender defense to the commissioner. 76 (d) All revenue from a contract under this subsection must 77 be remitted to the respective school district, with 50 percent 78 allocated for school district transportation and 50 percent 79 allocated for other programs as determined by the school 80 district. 81 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.