LD 1894 – LD 1894 – An Act To Incentivize the Purchase of Electric Public School Buses
Summary: This bill directs the Department of Education to endeavor to meet a goal of transitioning the public school bus fleet to 100% all-electric school buses by 2040 and directs the department to adopt rules relating to bid requirements, electric charging stations and uniform school bus specifications. It requires the department to set aside a percentage of available resources for the purchase of electric small school buses, as replacements in or additions to the school bus fleet, in the 2020 request for proposals. It requires the department to develop an electric school bus training program to train school bus mechanics, school bus drivers and school transportation directors and it requires annual training by school bus mechanics, school bus drivers and school transportation directors. It requires the department to assess the need to expand transportation administration staff to manage the transition of the fleet of public school buses in the State to electric school buses.