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School Bus Ads Becomes First Bill Filed in Florida House for 2013 Session

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The first bill in the Florida House has been filed for the coming 2013 Legislative Session, and it’s a measure that’s been touted as “family and child friendly.”

Democratic Representative Irv Slosberg filed the bill that would let school districts sell ad space on their buses to certain companies.  He’s filed this measure before, and during the last Legislative Session, he told a House panel of lawmakers that the money from the sale is expected to offset costs for school districts.

“The state of Florida, we’re in a tough spot. There’s no money. So, what do we do," asked Slosberg. "Do we let the kids walk to school? Do we lay off teachers? We feel that we came up with a very creative way to not increase our taxes and not increase our fees.”

While the bill passed favorably in the House, it died in the Senate during the 2012 Session.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.