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NY Assembly passes legislation designed to save lives in schools during emergencies

The legislation is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, back in 2018.

News 12 Staff

Jun 5, 2022, 2:19 AM

Updated 747 days ago

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In the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting in which 21 people died, new legislation passed in the New York State Assembly that's designed to save lives.
All school districts will be required to consider installing panic alarm systems.
It's all part of the new legislation called Alyssa's Law.
The legislation is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, back in 2018.
If agreed, silent alarms would be installed inside schools. Those alarms would be linked directly to law enforcement, which would help them respond to emergencies faster while also giving schools a direct line of communication to authorities.
After reaching a unanimous vote of 61 votes in favor on the floor, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in part, "These technologies and procedures may reduce response times and save lives during a school shooting incident."
Currently, Alyssa's Law has passed in New Jersey and Florida and has been introduced in Nebraska, Arizona, Texas, and Virginia.
Here in New York, the law is currently waiting Gov. Kathy Hochul's approval.


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