House Passes Four School Safety Bills
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed four bills meant to boost school safety following the deadly school shooting last year at a Connecticut elementary school.
The four proposals would create a school safety institute with the state's Office of Homeland Security and tell schools to share emergency plans with local responders, run intruder drills and report any firearms found. All passed with at least 85 of the chamber's 101 members in favor and go to the governor to be signed into law.
The bills are among proposals recommended by a school safety commission convened by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb after 20 schoolchildren were killed in a shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., last year.
A handful of opponents to the measures suggested the bills would be ineffective or redundant with current laws.