Unanimous vote in Florida House on school safety bill

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Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 9:18 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Members of the Florida House of Representatives unanimously voted and passed House Bill 1421: School Safety Act Thursday.

In 2018, the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act was passed along with the establishment of the MSD Safety Commission. The commission investigates system failures regarding school shootings and develop recommendations for system wide improvements.

With the passing of HB 1421, the commission will be extended until 2026.

The bill being a bipartisan effort is sponsored by Republican Representative Fred Hawkins of St. Cloud and Democratic Representative Christine Hunschofsky of Parkland.

“In 2018, the Florida Legislature passed significant school safety legislation and has continued to show their commitment to making improvements where deficiencies are found,” said Rep. Hunschofsky.

The bill plans to improve the mental health in schools and requires that school safety officers to complete mental health intervention training, as well as school personnel.

House Bill 1421 also mandates the creation of a reunification plan following emergency situations such as school shootings, an important aspect to parents.

“With the passage of this bill Florida’s elected leaders are positioning our state to lead the nation in protecting schools,” said Ryan Petty, Stand with Parkland Board Member and father of one of the 16 Parkland victims.

The bill will now be sent to the Florida Senate for a vote.

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