senate Bill S3620

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires panic alarms in schools

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
Feb 11, 2019 referred to education

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S3620 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6234
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §409-m, Ed L

S3620 (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.

S3620 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3620 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  3620

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 11, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed 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.

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