House supports Cook’s bill strengthening school safety

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:30 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives Monday voted in support of legislation strengthening school safety co-authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

Cook said House Bill 1004 would establish funding flexibility for school safety grants and implement regular safety drills in Indiana schools.

“My work as a former school administrator gives me insight to the changing needs of schools,” Cook said. “Today, that means stronger protections in case of rare emergency situations. This legislation is based off recommendations from the school safety report released by Governor Holcomb, and feedback from educators, staff, and public safety professionals.”

Grant funding flexibility would enable schools to improve safety measures, increase partnerships with law enforcement and implement new precautions to ensure preparedness in case of an emergency. Cook said an active shooter drill would also be administered once each semester so students and teachers are more prepared to actively secure and defend themselves in a crisis situation.

“This is part of a comprehensive effort to address the security issues schools face, and I will continue working with my colleagues to improve Indiana’s already strong school safety policies,” Cook said.

House Bill 1004 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more. 

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of

Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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