Kentucky school safety bill passes unanimously in Senate

February 11, 2019 | WPSD Local 6

A bill that would improve safety in Kentucky schools has unanimously passed the state Senate. Senate Bill 1, also known as the School Safety and Resiliency Act, received 35 “Yea” votes on the Senate floor Friday morning. The House will take up the legislation next.

Friday’s passing comes after the Senate Education Committee advanced the bill Thursday. The bill is supported by the parents of Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, the two students killed in the shooting at Marshall County High School on January 23, 2018.

The bill calls for the creation of a new position—the state school security marshal, whose job would be to enforce safety compliance similar to the state fire marshal enforcing fire safety. The state school security marshal would report annually about findings and recommendations to the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

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