Bus idling ban moves in the House

Supporters of a proposal to ban bus idling outside of Vermont schools had the ideal prop during a House debate Thursday: Five students from Browns River Middle School in Jericho who recently asked the Legislature to consider the issue.

Rep. Michael Mrowicki, D-Putney, called the students’ actions inspiring during his brief floor statement supporting the bill. While the children traveled to Montpelier to learn about Democracy and leadership, the Legislature can learn something instead from them, he said.

"This bill will result in a better world for our children and their children," Mrowicki said.

The bill, which has already passed the Senate, was given preliminary approval in the House in a 96-46 vote Thursday afternoon. It’s up for final House approval Friday.

-Dan Barlow