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Miss. school bus safety bill headed to Barbour

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi House on Saturday passed the final version of a school bus safety bill called Nathan's Law, sending it to Gov. Haley Barbour.

The House vote was 117-1. Senators passed the bill unanimously Friday.

The bill would require motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined up to $750 for a first offense. On a second offense, violators face a fine and up to a year in prison.

The bill is named for Nathan Key, a Jones County boy who was killed after getting off a school bus in 2009.

Nathan's father, Andy Key, watched Saturday as the House passed the bill. He says he hopes it helps protect children's safety.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2472.

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