Find out what NY lawmakers are proposing for school safety

Find out what NY lawmakers are proposing for school safety

Overview

By Spectrum News Staff

 

Lawmakers across New York are responding to the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida with a variety of proposed bills, that would strengthen and fund new school safety measures.

Four different measures have already been proposed — including one that would fund armed resource officers by selling special license plates.

Another bill would require every school district in the state to perform a threat assessment on their buildings, which would be funded by state money.

Others including enhancing scanner technology in schools that would detect guns being brought in and pushing to have New York City police officers stationed in city schools.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has staunchly opposed any effort to provide armed personnel in schools, instead favoring more traditional gun control measures proposed by Democratic leaders.

Even with Democratic and Republican leaders disagreeing on the way to approach school safety, lawmakers believe money will be allocated in the upcoming budget for school safety measures in some form.