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Bus crash stirs debate over seatbelts in school buses

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LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -
Tuesday's bus crash in Lewis County has stirred new debate on whether school buses should be required to have seatbelts for passengers.

There are currently six states that require buses to have seatbelts.  In Missouri, there was a push seven years ago, but it was shot down quickly.

State Representative Craig Redmon of Canton says after Tuesday's crash, he thinks lawmakers need to take another look at the safety issue.  

"We're going to revisit it and see what the options are, if there's any new technology and if things change and improve.  Maybe since 2007, there have been some things that can be done," Redmon said.

Redmon says Tuesday was the cut off date to introduce new laws for the year, but he plans to get the ball rolling on introducing a bill for next year.

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