SECTION 1. Section 7B of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 129 after clause (18) the following:-
(19) In addition to other monitoring devices lawfully authorized to be installed on school buses and notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any city or town within the Commonwealth is hereby authorized to install and operate video camera monitoring systems, with audio recording capabilities, on school buses solely for the purpose of ensuring the safety of bus passengers and drivers. All recorded video images and other photographic information obtained through the use of such school bus monitoring system authorized in this section that do not identify any violations shall be destroyed by any city, town, school department or vendor within 30 days of the date the image was recorded, unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. All photographic and other recorded information that identifies a violation shall be destroyed within 1 year of final disposition of proceedings related to the enforcement or defense of a violation, unless otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. Any school bus installed with a monitoring system shall post warning signage indicating the use of such system. The signage shall remain on each bus as long as a school bus monitoring system is in operation.
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