School Safety Takes Center Stage in the Capitol

With only two weeks left of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session, Committee meetings are scheduled to end on Tuesday, March 3rd and bills are being moved to the House and Senate floors as we wait for conferees to be appointed to begin the conference process.

Representatives Michael Gottlieb and Dan Daley
presenting Alyssa’s Law

This week, HB 23-Panic Alarms in Schools (Gottlieb and Daley; D-Broward) was a large focal point in Tallahassee.  This legislation was created in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 individuals lost their lives in a mass shooting. In honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, the first victim killed in the shooting, Panic Alarms in Schools was created to give schools and law enforcement a mobile response tool that will alert authorities and hasten response times.  Broward School Board Member, Lori Alhadeff, has tirelessly advocated for the passage of “Alyssa’s Law”, trying to keep other students and families from experiencing what her family has.  The bill has a fiscal impact of $8 million, impacting the Department of Education (DOE), to install the mobile response alarms across the states.  Alyssa’s Law has gained bipartisan support throughout Florida as a favored mechanism to keep our students safe.

Bill sponsor, Representation Gottlieb stated, “The introduction of “Alyssa’s Law” to the state of Florida

Representative Michael Gottlieb and Lori Alhadeff
Representative Michael Gottlieb
and Lori Alhadeff 

is just one way we can honor the young life of Alyssa Alhadeff. By providing Florida’s public schools with the option for panic alarms, first responders will now receive immediate guidance and direction; enabling them to respond more quickly, eliminate a threat, and treat those who have been harmed. This is a necessary response to an evil in today’s society, we must continue this congruent effort until we find a solution to our mass shooting epidemic.”

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