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State Legislation for Alyssa's Law


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Alyssa’s Law SB70/HB23

Alyssa’s Law addresses the issue of law enforcement response time when a life-threatening emergency occurs. The law calls for installing warning lights and a panic alarm in schools to provide the fastest possible support during a code red. In a code red, every second counts.  Alyssa’s Law has now been passed in New Jersey and Florida.  Petitions have been started to ensure Alyssa's Law gets passed at the national level.


Alyssa’s Law was named after 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff,  who lost her life in the Stoneman Douglas School shooting. Investigation of the tragedy found the contributing factor in the loss of life was insufficient response time.  The Law would require all public elementary and secondary schools to install either silent panic alarms or alternative emergency mechanisms approved by The Department of Education.

 

Learn more about Alyssa's Law legislation in your state:

Individual State Information for Alyssa’s Law

Map Source:  https://makeourschoolssafe.org/alyssas-law/

 


Arizona               

Public schools; panic alarm; requirement

Status:  25% progression 

Pending the House Education Committee

Source:  https://legiscan.com/AZ/bill/HB2803/2021


Florida                  

Passed: 7/1/2020               

Summary: Alert Systems in Public Schools; Citing this act as "Alyssa’s Law"; requiring each public school to implement a mobile panic alert system for specified purposes beginning in a specified school year; authorizing public school districts to implement additional strategies and systems for specified purposes; requiring the Department of Education to issue a competitive solicitation to contract for a mobile panic alert system, subject to appropriation, etc.

Status: Passed in 2020, required statewide for the August 2021 school year.

Source:  https://makeourschoolssafe.org/alyssas-law/


Nebraska             

Summary: Provide for a statewide school panic button program

Status: Pending the Legislature Education Committee

Source:  https://legiscan.com/NE/text/LB1156/2019


New Jersey           

Effective Date: February 6, 2019

Summary:  Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2019, c. 33, Alyssa’s Law, requiring that each public elementary and secondary school building in the State be equipped with a panic alarm to alert law enforcement in the event of a school security emergency.  Alyssa’s Law provides that funding for compliance with the panic alarm requirement would be made available through the proceeds of general obligation bonds issued under the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, P.L. 2018, c. 119.  Alyssa’s Law further requires that the Authority adopt rules to establish a program to effectuate the purposes of Alyssa’s Law.  

Status: Passed in 2019  

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/PL19/33_.HTM   


New York                             

Summary:  Provides that each public elementary and secondary school building shall be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation; defines terms; makes related provisions.

Status: The bill has passed Senate and Assembly, next it will need to be delivered to the Governor and Signed/Vetoed by Governor 

50% Progression

Source:  https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/s6237


Pennsylvania

Summary: On June 22, 2018, The Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949 was amended via Act 44 of 2018 (Act 44). This law specifically requires school entities to:

  • Appoint School Safety and Security Coordinators;
  • Establish mandatory school safety training for school entity employees, and
  • Establish standards for school police, school resource officers, and school security guards. 

Act 44 also created the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), and established the Safe2Say ProgramOpens In A New Window in the Attorney General's Office. An overview of Act 44 can be found on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's (PCCD) website. 

Act 44 further requires the development of school safety and security assessment criteria. PCCD established a School Safety and Security Committee and developed a guide with specific school safety and assessment criteria.

https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/laws/Pages/Act44.aspx


Texas                     

Summary: Legislation relating to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools providing panic alert devices in classrooms.

Status: Pending in Committee

25% progression

Source:  https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB3926/2019


At the Federal Level

Alyssa’s Law was introduced at the federal level by Representative Roger Williams, District 25 TX (R-TX-25)
Office Phone: (202) 225-9896

Legislative Director is Ben Johnson – johnson@mail.house.gov
Scheduler is Sara Catherine Joseph – sara.catherine.joseph@mail.house.gov

Source: https://makeourschoolssafe.org/alyssas-law/

For more information about Alyssa's Law, go to https://makeourschoolssafe.org/alyssas-law

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