House Passes Bridges’ Bipartisan School Safety Bill

(May 8) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously this morning for Rep. Jeff Bridges’ bill to bolster school safety in Colorado’s public schools.

SB18-269, sponsored by Rep. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, establishes a $30 million fund to provide grants to local education providers for capital construction that improves school security, and for student threat assessment and emergency response training for all school building staff, including school resource officers.

“Kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe,” Rep. Bridges said after the 64-0 vote. “This bill will go a long way toward giving schools the tools they need to keep students, teachers and staff safe.”

The bill is part of a package of legislation to address school safety, including another bill to improve safety training and bills to improve communications between schools and first responders, to bolster the Safe2Tell hotline and to increase training and awareness around student suicide.

SB18-269 is headed back to the Senate for its concurrence with House amendments.

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