PARKLAND, FL- The Florida Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee unanimously advanced Senate Bill 70 known as "Alyssa's Law" on Monday. The bill is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 victims in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The bill presented by State Senator Lauren Book would mandate public schools be equipped with panic alarms. Several public members, including Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, spoke in support of the bill.
"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.
The unanimous passing of Alyssa's Law is the first step. It is also assigned to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Appropriations.
"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.