ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Assembly has unanimously passed a bill to authorize stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass them illegally.

Local lawmakers from across the state have been urging state officials to take action.

According to Governor Cuomo's office, 50,000 drivers in New York illegally pass school buses on a daily basis.  As the law stands, only a law enforcement officer who witnesses the act can write a citation for a stop-arm violation.  Cameras mounted on the stop arms of buses, which extend when buses stop to pick up or drop off students, would be able to record violations, in the event that a law enforcement officer is not present.

"I commend the Legislature for reaching an agreement on this critical issue and I look forward to seeing it passed and to signing it into law, making New York one of the first states to use this technology to protect the safety of our school children," the governor said.

The bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote.  The legislative session in Albany ends in June.