Bill Introduced to Ban School Bus Ads
News Channel 7
February 5, 2008
Reacting to recent news coverage, state senator Greg
Ryberg, R-Aiken, introduced a bill Tuesday in the Senate
to ban ads on public school buses.
The state Department of Education has entered into a contract with an advertising agency to allow local school districts to put print ads inside school buses, above the windows. The districts and state would split the proceeds, and it's up to each district to decide whether to participate.
Sen. Ryberg says schools should be concentrating on improving academics, not subjecting a captive audience of children to ads for junk food.
"I don't know what they were thinking about, okay. Here we are, we're taking vending machines out of schools, or we're telling people what they can put in vending machines, and we haven't put any parameters on the type of ads that they could put inside of a school bus? This is bizarre," he says.
The contract does prohibit ads for alcohol, tobacco or anything that promotes illicit behavior.
The bill was assigned to a Senate committee for debate.