School safety bill

Legislation that would increase the safety of schools in light of the increasing incidents of active shooters was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 2931, would streamline and increase the flexibility of the school safety drill process, emphasizing active shooter drills. It would also add the Oklahoma School Security Institute to entities that would receive reports on the drills. A drill would be required within 15 days of the beginning of a school year.

“This legislation was the result of a collaborative process of numerous school safety experts and other education officials,” said Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa. “There was a lot of thought put into how we could improve school safety and this new drill process, vetted by the Oklahoma School Security Institute, was the answer we came up with in our deliberations.”

“School safety is a top priority for Oklahomans, whether we are talking about tornado safety, active shooter safety or even school zone speed limit safety,” McCullough said.

The legislation was approved by a vote of 72-6 and now proceeds to the governor’s desk.