Lawmakers pass bill requiring school shooter drills

Lawmakers are giving final passage to a bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 2:24 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers are giving final passage to a bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings.

The House voted 78-32 on Tuesday to approve changes made by the Senate to House Bill 1283. The measure was held for the possibility of more debate, but is likely to head to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature.

The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism monitored by three dedicated analysts at the state Department of Public Safety.

A task force convened by the governor recommended every school have a school resource officer. The bill seeks to increase funding for such officers, but doesn't mandate them.

The legislation excludes a task force recommendation to arm some teachers.

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