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Calif. bill would require panic alarms in schools

Posted: April 3, 2013 6:03 p.m.
Updated: April 3, 2013 6:03 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would require panic alarms in California schools has passed a legislative committee.

AB1076 by Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto would require classrooms, cafeterias, theaters, gyms and other heavily used areas to be equipped with such alarms. They would send a signal directly to local law enforcement authorities.

The bill passed the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday and now moves to another committee.

Olsen describes panic alarms as a "low-hanging fruit" for improving school safety after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Under the bill, the alarms would be required only if federal money was made available for that type of safety equipment. While there's no estimate on the overall cost, the bill's supporters say it could range from $1,000 to $5,000 per school.


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