School bus audio surveillance proposed in PA

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Published: Jun 12 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 11:24:07 PM EDT

Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee just approved a bill that will add audio surveillance to the security cameras on school buses.

A spokesperson for Senator Lisa Boscola who voted in favor of the bill says it's a way to curtail bullying.

"Currently video surveillance is in place on our school buses and has been for the last 20 years or so....this would add audio capabilities to that surveillance," said Boscola's Chief of Staff Steve DeFrank.

The bill, introduced in January by Senator Richard Alloway, passed its first hurdle and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

It now has to go through the appropriations committee before it can be considered by the full Senate.

SB 57 doesn't impose audio surveillance but simply gives school districts the legal ability to install such devices on their school buses.

If the bill does become law then individual school districts can decide whether or not to adopt it.