House supports McNamara’s bill strengthening school safety

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:51 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R-Evansville) legislation strengthening school safety.

McNamara said House Bill 1004 would establish grant funding flexibility for school safety initiatives, implement active shooter drills and ensure threat assessments are conducted in Indiana schools.

“As an educator, I share the daily concerns of students, parents, teachers, administrators and communities regarding school safety,” McNamara said. “Ensuring safe environments is essential. With this legislation, Indiana schools will have more opportunities and resources for increased protection statewide.”

Grant funding flexibility would enable schools to improve safety measures, increase partnerships with law enforcement and implement new precautions to ensure preparedness in emergency situations.

McNamara said an active shooter drill would also be administered once each semester so students and teachers are more prepared with training and resources to actively secure and defend themselves.

“Securing our schools is a bipartisan, statewide effort that coincides with the goals of Gov. Eric Holcomb, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Department of Education,” McNamara said. “Working to implement these programs, which are based on school safety report recommendations, is necessary to keep Indiana among the best states in the nation in regards to strong school safety policies.”

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

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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