LANSING — State Representative Robert L. Kosowski (D-Westland) introduced House Bill 5436 and House Bill 5437 this week which would take steps to keep children safe on school buses. HB 5436 would require all newly purchased school buses to have one seat belt per pupil being transported. HB 5437 would allow a sinking fund to be used to purchase school buses.

The bills aim to keep children safe while riding to school, going on a field trip and going home. There have been reports of children sitting three to a seat and in some instances sitting on the floor of the bus.

“Our children are our largest asset, and we need to make sure that we are protecting them while being transported to school,” Kosowski said.