South Dakota Education Committee Dumps School Safety Measure

PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Senate Education Committee has rejected by a 5-2 vote legislation that would have required schools in the state to develop safety plans dealing with shootings and other violent incidents.

Opponents of SB169 said the measure would have created needless red tape and expense. The part of the bill that was most controversial was the provision for annual lock-down safety drills that would require the attendance of a school’s principal, police, district board members and medical first responders.

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