assembly Bill A6234

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires panic alarms in schools

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
Mar 04, 2019 referred to education

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A6234 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3620
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §409-m, Ed L

A6234 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides that each public elementary and secondary school building shall be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation; defines terms; makes related provisions.

A6234 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6234

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              March 4, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. JAFFEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring panic alarms
  in schools

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  409-m
to read as follows:
  §  409-M.  INSTALLATION OF PANIC ALARMS IN SCHOOLS. 1. AS USED IN THIS
SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "EMERGENCY LIGHT" MEANS A RED LIGHT THAT IS AFFIXED TO THE EXTERI-
OR OF A SCHOOL BUILDING IN A HIGHLY VISIBLE LOCATION ABOVE OR  NEAR  THE
FRONT ENTRANCE OR, IN THE CASE OF A SCHOOL BUILDING WHICH IS NOT CLEARLY
VISIBLE FROM THE NEAREST PUBLIC ROADWAY, LOCATED ON THAT PUBLIC ROADWAY.
  (B)  "PANIC  ALARM" MEANS A SILENT SECURITY SYSTEM SIGNAL GENERATED BY
THE MANUAL ACTIVATION OF A DEVICE INTENDED TO SIGNAL A  LIFE-THREATENING
OR EMERGENCY SITUATION REQUIRING A RESPONSE FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT.
  2.  EACH  PUBLIC  ELEMENTARY  AND  SECONDARY  SCHOOL BUILDING SHALL BE
EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST ONE PANIC ALARM FOR  USE  IN  A  SCHOOL  SECURITY
EMERGENCY  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT LIMITED TO, A NON-FIRE EVACUATION, LOCK-
DOWN, OR ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION. THE ALARM SHALL BE DIRECTLY LINKED TO
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES OR, IN THE CASE OF A  SCHOOL  BUILDING
LOCATED  IN A MUNICIPALITY IN WHICH THERE IS NO MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPART-
MENT, A LOCATION DESIGNATED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STATE  POLICE,  AND
SHALL  IMMEDIATELY TRANSMIT A SIGNAL OR MESSAGE TO SUCH AUTHORITIES UPON
ACTIVATION. THE ALARM SHALL NOT BE AUDIBLE WITHIN THE SCHOOL BUILDING.
  3. EACH PUBLIC ELEMENTARY  AND  SECONDARY  SCHOOL  BUILDING  SHALL  BE
EQUIPPED  WITH  AN  EMERGENCY LIGHT THAT IS LINKED TO THE SCHOOL'S PANIC
ALARM AND WHICH TURNS ON WHEN THE PANIC ALARM IS ACTIVATED.
  § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
completed on or before such effective date.