McNamara’s proposal strengthening school safety could soon be law

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, April 25, 2019 3:05 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2019) – Legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) to strengthen school safety is now headed to the governor.

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

“Implementing and improving safety in our schools is an ongoing effort, and this policy is a comprehensive approach to protecting students and staff.” McNamara said. “From providing money to schools to update security, to being prepared for active shooter scenarios and preventing targeted violence, we are addressing this issue from all sides.”

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.

“Indiana is among the best states in the nation for strong school safety policies,” McNamara said. “Ensuring Hoosier schools are safe is a continuing bipartisan and statewide effort.”

House Enrolled Act 1004 now moves to the governor for consideration as a new law. 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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