California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation requiring safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses on all new school buses starting in 2002, but giving California an emergency exit if the federal government prohibits such restraints.

The bill's signing capped a tenacious campaign by Assemblyman Martin Gallegos (D-Baldwin Park) to provide an extra measure of safety for more than 1 million California children who ride the vehicles to and from school. Although New York and New Jersey


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