Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 1, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, beginning on page 338, by striking paragraph 1.24, and inserting:
/ 1.24. (SDE: School Bus Purchase) Any procurement of school buses with funds appropriated in this act or any other appropriation bill must meet specifications developed by the School Bus Specification Committee as established by the State Superintendent of Education. The School Bus Specifications Committee shall allow for input from all school bus chassis and body manufacturers. However, if it is safe, more economical, and in the public interest, the department may use the school bus specifications of Georgia or North Carolina in the procurement of school buses. If the department uses the specifications of Georgia or North Carolina, the department must submit a report to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee detailing the methodology by which the alternative specifications were determined to be safe, more economical, and in the public interest, when compared to the specifications set forth by the School Bus Specifications Committee. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend sections, totals and title to conform.