Senator proposes ads on public school buses

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

SEATTLE - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow public school districts to raise money by selling advertising on school buses.

"It's an innovative way to raise money. The bill has safeguards to prevent inappropriate ads for kids," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds.

Projected revenues would vary depending on the size of the school district. A small district could raise $30,000 a year. A large district could bring in $100,000 a year.

It's already happening in Arizona and Colorado, where school buses have billboards for insurance companies and self-defense classes.

Washington lawmakers want to exclude certain ads like tobacco and alcohol. But, some parents say it's a bad idea because kids are already hit with too many commercials.  

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