Next month (January 2018), state lawmakers will head back to Nashville for the start of the legislative session and they are expected to discuss again about seat belts on new school buses. The bill was previously pulled. State Representative JoAnne Favors plans to reintroduce her bill for the upcoming legislative session. It would put seat belts on new school buses after July of 2019. The idea has its critics. Some reference extreme situations like a school bus catching fire or going underwater as reasons why seat belts should stay off of buses. Cost has been the other concern brought up by opponents. The state and local school systems would share an estimated cost of $15 million per year. The General Assembly will reconvene Tuesday, January 9, 2018.