(SB 71)

School buses may be used for civic purposes.

         ENTITLED, An Act  remove certain restrictions relating to the use of school buses.


     Section  1.  That § 13-29-1 be amended to read as follows:

     13-29-1.   The school board of any school district may acquire, own, operate, or hire buses for the transportation of students to and from its schools either from within or without the district or for transportation to and from athletic, musical, speech, and other interscholastic contests in which participation is authorized by the school board. If the use of a school bus is granted by the school board pursuant to subdivision 49-28-2(1) or (8), the school district is not liable for suit or damages which may arise as the result of the use. The school board may authorize the use of the buses owned by the board for transportation of adults pursuant to subdivision 49-28-2(1) or (7). The provisions to transport adults, provided in this section, shall not apply to school districts which contain a first class municipality. Use of a school bus for transportation of persons enumerated in subdivision 49-28-2(7) is limited to providing shelter, health care, nutrition, religious activities and other necessities of life.

     Section  2.  That chapter 13-29 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:

     A school board may allow nonprofit civic organizations or other government entities to use vehicles owned by the school district to transport persons to various activities deemed by the school board to be in the public interest. A school board may adopt policies for the use of its vehicles by other organizations.

     Signed February 28, 2000.


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