Lawmakers & Students Call For Passage of Alyssa’s Law Ahead of Parkland Shooting Anniversary

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February 13, 2020

Originally published in Rockland County Times on February 13, 2020.

The call for the school security measure, known as Alyssa’s Law (S.3620/A.6234) comes ahead of the 2-year anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 14 students and 3 adults dead. The legislation is named after Parkland victim, Alyssa Alhadeff who was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a talented soccer player.

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Senator James Skoufis who co-sponsors the bill said, “Alyssa, her family and friends have turned their mourning and tragedy into action all around the country. We as lawmakers have the obligation to keep our children, our educators and everyone in a school building safe in New York State. This is a common-sense measure, and the budget is a perfect place to address it. Let’s pass the law and appropriate funding.”

Alyssa’s cousins Jadyn Turner and Jordan Turner who are from Senator David Carlucci’s district in Rockland County brought the idea for the bill to his attention after Alyssa’s mother and father helped get the bill signed into law in New Jersey in February of 2019. Jadyn who is 16-years-old has been advocating for the bill’s passage in New York and at the federal level.