SB18-269 (Neville & Moreno/Neville & Bridges) School Security Disbursement Program
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.
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.
Passed the House unanimously and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature
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