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School Safety Bill To Be Introduced Wednesday In Legislative Session

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 07:33:52-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– It’s the second day of the 2019 regular legislative session in the Commonwealth and one state senator is planning to tackle the topic of school safety.

Senator Max Wise, of Campbellsville, will introduce what he considers priority legislation, senate bill one — the school safety and resiliency act.

Wise’s colleagues from both sides of the isle will join him in introducing the act.

This is a group of legislators and citizens who participated in the School Safety Working Group during last year’s general assembly.

According to the Courier Journal, that group was formed almost a year ago after the tragedies at both Marshall County High School in Kentucky and Parkland High School in Florida. The group spent months traveling the Commonwealth talking to experts, educators, students, law enforcement and the families of the two Marshall County shooting victims.

Wise told the newspaper that the bill will focus on the roles of school nurses, guidance counselors, and mental health professionals having the resources to support students… but another senator in the group noted that the legislation does not address gun control.

The bill being introduced Wednesday will be a product of the school safety working group’s research over the past year.