School Safety Measures Pass Panel Easily

Apr 4, 2013

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Okla. House panel passes trio of school safety measures, including emergency plan requirements

Three bills containing the recommendations of a task force on school security have easily cleared an Oklahoma House committee, including a measure to impose new requirements for schools to report their emergency plans to authorities.

All three bills passed unanimously Wednesday with little discussion or debate in the House Public Safety Committee. The bills already have cleared the Senate and now proceed to the full House, where they are expected to pass easily.

The bills emerged from a 22-member School Security Commission created in following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The measures require schools to report emergency response plans to local law enforcement, create a school security institute, and require schools to report the discovery of firearms on campus to local police.