STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2019) – The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday will consider State Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R-Evansville) legislation strengthening school safety initiatives.
McNamara, the director of Early College High School, said House Bill 1004 would provide school systems with more flexibility to qualify for school safety matching grants, form partnerships with local law enforcement and employ school resource officers.
“Indiana is recognized on the national level for our school safety measures, but more can be done to keep students safe,” McNamara said. “Providing the flexibility to use funding for law enforcement would increase protections throughout Hoosier school systems.”
McNamara said this legislation would also better ensure all schools in Indiana have a designated school safety specialist and at least one active shooter drill each semester.
The bill includes recommendations from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s school safety report, which was compiled by representatives from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the Indiana Department of Education.
The school safety report included 18 recommendations on enhancing mental health services; safety equipment, technology, tools and training; and policy considerations regarding school safety. The recommendations were based on feedback collected from school administrators, educators, first responders and public safety officials through statewide interviews, online surveys and community forums.
The committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Statehouse. Visit iga.in.gov to watch the committee hearing live and to learn more about House Bill 1004.
State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
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