Bill Text: NY A06234 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Provides that each public elementary and secondary school building shall be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation; defines terms; makes related provisions.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-6)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-04 - referred to education [A06234 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06234-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          6234
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 4, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. JAFFEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring panic alarms
          in schools
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  409-m
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  409-m.  Installation of panic alarms in schools. 1. As used in this
     4  section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
     5    (a) "Emergency light" means a red light that is affixed to the exteri-
     6  or of a school building in a highly visible location above or  near  the
     7  front entrance or, in the case of a school building which is not clearly
     8  visible from the nearest public roadway, located on that public roadway.
     9    (b)  "Panic  alarm" means a silent security system signal generated by
    10  the manual activation of a device intended to signal a  life-threatening
    11  or emergency situation requiring a response from law enforcement.
    12    2.  Each  public  elementary  and  secondary  school building shall be
    13  equipped with at least one panic alarm for  use  in  a  school  security
    14  emergency  including,  but  not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lock-
    15  down, or active shooter situation. The alarm shall be directly linked to
    16  local law enforcement authorities or, in the case of a  school  building
    17  located  in a municipality in which there is no municipal police depart-
    18  ment, a location designated by the superintendent of state  police,  and
    19  shall  immediately transmit a signal or message to such authorities upon
    20  activation. The alarm shall not be audible within the school building.
    21    3. Each public elementary  and  secondary  school  building  shall  be
    22  equipped  with  an  emergency light that is linked to the school's panic
    23  alarm and which turns on when the panic alarm is activated.
    24    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    25  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    26  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    27  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    28  completed on or before such effective date.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09825-01-9
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