Thursday, January 31, 2019
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing.
The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration.
The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored by three dedicated analysts at the state Department of Public Safety.
A task force convened by Gov. Phil Bryant recommended that every school have a school resource officer. State Rep. Mark Baker, a Brandon Republican sponsoring the bill, says he wants to expand a cost-sharing program to encourage that goal, but it's unclear if lawmakers will provide enough money.
The legislation doesn't include a task force recommendation to sometimes arm teachers.