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Safety Law News for January 22, 2019

In South Carolina, legislation has been introduced that would add an additional 7% tax on all gun sales, to be used to hire school resource officers at every school in the state. House Bill 3109 would supply resource officers in the nearly 600 public schools that are currently without school-based law enforcement. 

In New Jersey, the school superintendent in Tenafly is delaying a decision to implement a school resource officer program after opposition from parents. 

In Virginia, five separate school safety bills are moving through the legislature. HB1725 would require each school board to ensure that all school buildings are up to code. HB1729 would require school counselors to spend at least 80% of their time with students.  HB1732 requires each school to conduct at least one safety/emergency drill each year.  HB1733 requires schools to enter into a memorandum of understanding on the role of the school resource officer.  HB1738 requires architects to approve plans and specifications for new or remodeled schools. 

In Virginia, legislation has been defeated that would have exempted students from a disorderly conduct charge if they misbehaved at school. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in Virginia.

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