TRENTON, NJ -- In a demonstration of bipartisan cooperation rarely seen in New Jersey, the State Senate and Assembly have passed a bill to better prepare school officials and law enforcement to respond to emergencies on school grounds. The legislation requires NJ schools to provide maps and blueprints of their campuses to police to help prepare for emergencies such as active shooter situations.
"Tragically, we've seen far too many schools across the country face active shooter threats and other emergencies," said Assemblyman Christopher Tully, a sponsor of the bill, whose district includes Paramus, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock and Hasbrouck Heights.
The measure passed the Assembly by a vote of 76-0, with one abstention. It passed the Senate 38-0 before that, and now sits waiting for the Governor's signature. The bills other Assembly sponsors were Gary Schaer and Clinton Calabrese.