After the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida, and then the tragedy at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Democratic & Republican legislators worked together to increase school safety throughout the state. Senate Bill 1265, sponsored by Senator Kathy Klausmeier, is comprehensive legislation that addresses this issue by allocating increased funding while providing local governments with the flexibility they need to address issues best in their own jurisdictions.
Under Senate Bill 1265, every public school in Maryland will be required to have secure and lockable doors for every classroom, an area of safe refuge in each classroom, and surveillance technology to monitor the school. The legislation also creates a new Subcabinet to look at school safety issues, create the Maryland Center for School Safety and create threat assessment teams in schools. Furthermore, every school will be required to show that they either have a School Resource Officer, or that adequate law enforcement personnel will be available, modernize our Active Shooter Drills, require all schools to have school safety emergency plans, and better mental health evaluation.