SB18-269 (Neville & Moreno/Neville & Bridges) School Security Disbursement Program

Originally Posted: April 27, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Summary

The bill creates the School Security Disbursement Program to support school districts in enhancing school security, building improvements and training for school personnel. It directs the Department of Public Safety to distribute the funds, based on applications received, and collect reports from grant recipients detailing how grant funds were used.

Position

The Children’s Campaign believes in the importance of addressing school safety with data-driven violence prevention strategies. We monitored this bill closely along with other bills that sought to address the issue of school safety. We would have preferred that funds could also be used for broader mental health training and that the bill did not include the requirement that districts provide matching funds for grants, which could create inequity issues.  It is critical that our students feel safe in the spaces they occupy daily.

Current Status

Passed the House unanimously and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature

Previous Statuses


April 27, 2018

Passed the Senate Finance and Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously

May 4, 2018

Passed the Senate on 2nd and 3rd reading unanimously and now heads to the House, where it is assigned to the House Education Committee and is scheduled to be heard on Monday, May 7 at 1:30 in Room 0112