senate Bill S6237

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires panic alarm systems in schools

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Apr 16, 2021 referred to education

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S6237 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6878
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §409-n, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S3620, A6234

S6237 (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.

S6237 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6237 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6237
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 16, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. REICHLIN-MELNICK -- 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  alarm
   systems in schools
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Alyssa's Law".
   § 2. The education law is amended by adding a  new  section  409-n  to
 read as follows:
   § 409-N. INSTALLATION OF PANIC ALARM SYSTEMS IN SCHOOLS. 1. AS USED IN
 THIS SECTION, "PANIC ALARM SYSTEM" 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.  SUCH SILENT SECURITY SYSTEM MAY INCLUDE ONE OR MORE OF THE
 FOLLOWING:    WIRED  PANIC  BUTTON  OR BUTTONS, WIRELESS PANIC BUTTON OR
 BUTTONS OR A MOBILE OR COMPUTER APPLICATION.
   2. EACH PUBLIC ELEMENTARY  AND  SECONDARY  SCHOOL  BUILDING  SHALL  BE
 EQUIPPED WITH A PANIC ALARM SYSTEM FOR USE IN A SCHOOL SECURITY EMERGEN-
 CY  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT LIMITED TO, A NON-FIRE EVACUATION, LOCKDOWN, 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 DEPARTMENT, A
 LOCATION DESIGNATED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF  STATE  POLICE,  AND  SHALL
 IMMEDIATELY  TRANSMIT A SIGNAL OR MESSAGE TO SUCH AUTHORITIES UPON ACTI-
 VATION. THE ALARM SHALL NOT BE AUDIBLE WITHIN THE SCHOOL BUILDING.
   3. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE  CONSTRUED  TO  REQUIRE  A  SCHOOL
 DISTRICT  TO  ALTER OR INSTALL ANY COMPONENTS OF A PANIC ALARM SYSTEM IF
 SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A PANIC ALARM SYSTEM  ACTIVATED  THAT  COMPLIES
 WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.
   4.  ANY  FUNDS  EXPENDED  FOR  THE PURCHASE OR INSTALLATION OF A PANIC
 ALARM SYSTEM  AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR BUILDING
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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