PARKLAND, FL- House Bill 23/Senate Bill 70, known as Alyssa's Law, hit a snag last week when it was temporarily postponed by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The bill is sponsored by Democratic House Representative Michael Gottlieb and Senator Lauren Book. The bill is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 victims in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It has been presented by State Senator Lauren Book and would mandate public schools be equipped with panic alarms.
"The bill would require panic alarm systems in all public schools. When activated these alarms would immediately alert law enforcement and first responders that a life threatening or emergency situation is in progress," Senator Book explained to the Committee.
"Time is critical in an active assailant situation. When it comes to saving lives, like Alyssa's and her friends, seconds count. With instant communication and notification that something is wrong, law enforcement can be mobilized within seconds of rounds being fired. For this reason the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Safety Committee has recommended the use of this technology to keep our kids safe," added Senator Book.
Alyssa's Law is on the Committee Agenda for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on Tuesday, 2/25/20. Lori Alhadeff, mother of Alyssa is urging the public to contact Chair Jennifer Sullivan and other elected officials to put House Bill 23 on the next House Committee Meeting.
"Remember your voice is your power!" encouraged Alhadeff.
Alyssa's Law still has one more committee to pass on the House side and one more committee on the Senate side. After the floors vote, the bill would be passed along to the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.
For more information visit Make Our Schools Safe: Alyssa's Law