Safety Law News for July 31st, 2019
• In New York, the Governor signed a new law which prevents school districts from arming school staff who are not school resource officers, law enforcement officers, or security guards on school grounds. • In Washington D.C., New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer and New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik have introduced the Alyssa’s Legacy Youth in School Safety Act. The ALYSSA Act will require silent panic alarms in all schools to immediately alert law enforcement of an active shooter situation. It will also increase investment in more well-trained School Resource Officers. • In Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is conducting site visits of schools in the state to assess the security measures schools have in place. The goal is to know which Tennessee schools are the most vulnerable and what the problems are. • In Wyoming, the Fremont County District 1 School Board voted 4-2 to allow approved staff members to conceal carry firearms in schools, making it the fourth district in Wyoming to approve such a policy. (Click here to see the policy) • In Tennessee, officials in Marion County are experimenting with a new technology that uses existing exterior cameras and facial recognition software to recognize weapons. The system immediately alerts 911 and other officials about the potential threat. The system will be placed in one school for a year.