OKLAHOMA CITY- A bill authored by State Sen. Susan Paddack. D-Ada, to increase safety in schools won approval by a Senate Panel on Monday. 

Senate Bill 103 requires schools to conduct at least one lockdown drill each year and allows for other lockdown drills to be conducted as deemed appropriate by the local school district.  Paddack said the bill, if signed into law, will greatly protect Oklahoma students during times of crisis.

“School violence should never be taken lightly and a big part of that is not only having emergency plans, but executing those plans effectively,” Paddack said.  “Ensuring our schools are prepared for emergency situations which arise during school hours is an important part in creating a safer learning environment for our children.”

Paddack said the bill has support from administrators, teachers, students and parents not only in her southeast Oklahoma district, but across the state.

“I am so grateful for the ninth-grade students from Byng who came to the Capitol on Monday to have their voice heard on this very important issue,” Paddack said.  “They understand the importance of this piece of legislation and they are to be commended for their participation in making a difference in the safety of their own schools.”

The bill received unanimous support in the Senate Education Committee and now moves to the Senate floor for consideration by the entire 48-member body.

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