The Virginia House of Delegates has approved House Bill 809 from Delegate Israel O’Quinn of Bristol, Va. If passed in the Senate, the bill will allow state school systems to sell commercial advertising on its buses.
The decals must be on the back of school buses and cannot exceed 100 square inches. School divisions are responsible for the cost of affixing the advertisements. Material is also restricted — including sexual material, material pertaining to alcohol and drugs, and political ads.
Delegate Mark Levine of Virginia’s 45th District was among those who opposed the bill. “Studies show advertisers want to go to the more wealthy areas so if anything this will sort of exacerbate the inequality in Virginia schools. It would make things worse for the rural schools,” said Levine.
Delegate Rip Sullivan of Virginia’s 48th District voted in favor of the bill and opted not to comment.