PARKLAND, FL- Wednesday was a great victory for New Jersey public schools and for the Alhadeff family. With Ilan and Lori Alhadeff present Goveror Phil Murphy signed bill A764, also known as Alyssa's Law. It requires all New Jersey public schools to install silent panic alarms and emergency lights that will alert law enforcement in case of emergencies and attacks such as an active shooter. “Alyssa’s death is a stark reminder of the dangers of gun violence and the need for adequate school security measures,” said Governor Murphy in a prepared release. “In New Jersey, we will do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from occurring within our borders.”
The bill A764 is in memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was tragically shot and killed in the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February. Alyssa and her family are New Jersey natives and lived in Woodcliff Lake until a few years ago. Alyssa's mother, Lori Alhadeff was instrumental in getting this law passed. "Parkland tragedy became a reality that this can happen to anyone and can happen anywhere," Aldaheff said. "New Jersey elected officials made school safety a top priority." Both Democrats and Republicans alike supported Alyssa's Law. In a prepared release, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris) said, “The amount of time it takes to report and respond to an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. The sooner police are notified, the quicker they can respond.”
Lori Alhadeff is optimistic that our Florida leaders will also pass the Alyssa Law. Alhadeff has been working on Alyssa's Law for Florida with Senator Lauren Book for the past 7 months. Senator Book just filed SB 174, Alyssa's Law 3 weeks ago. It will be heard at the legislative session March-May. "I am optimistic that Governor DeSantis will sign the Alyssa Law. It just got filed here in Florida, democracy needs to take place." added Alhadeff.
Alhadeff hopes New Jersey is just the start to passing Alyssa's Law nationwide. She would like to see Alyssa's Law become a Federal Law but for now this is a big step in keeping schools safe. "This means the world to my family to honor her and the 17," said Aldaheff. "It is incredible to know lives will be saved; that Alyssa will be honored forever!"