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Title: Requires Panic Alarms in Public Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill entitled "Alyssa's Law" that requires public schools to have a silent panic alarm that alerts police when there is an active shooter.



  • Requires public elementary and secondary schools to have a panic alarm for use in a security emergency such as a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that the panic alarm must not be audible within the school building and must send a signal or message to law enforcement once it is manually activated (Sec. 2).

  • Requires public schools to also have a highly visible red emergency light outside of the building that automatically turns on when the panic alarm is activated (Sec. 2).

  • Requires the red emergency light to be affixed to the exterior of the building above or near the front entrance and visible from the nearest public road (Sec. 2).

  • Specifies that if the school is not visible from the nearest public road, then the red emergency light must be placed on that road (Sec. 2).

  • Requires the proceeds of bonds authorized for school facilities projects to be used to pay for the costs of the panic alarms and emergency lights (Sec. 3).

Title: Requires Panic Alarms in Public Schools