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Michigan Legislature approves school safety bills

Posted at 8:38 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 15:32:47-05

Public schools in Michigan would be required to develop an emergency operations plan by 2020 under bills getting final approval in the Legislature.

The mandate is included in a package of school safety measures that were introduced in the wake of the shooting massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year.

Lawmakers previously allocated extra funding to boost security.

Bills approved Tuesday would make policy changes.

A new state Office of School Safety would be required to train school staff on safety measures.

Districts would have to consult with local law enforcement on safety features before constructing a school or doing a major renovation.

Administrators would be required to develop a plan in case of emergencies for every building in the district.

People wanting to become police officer would have to complete active violence response training.

All acts or threats of violence would have to be reported to state police.

Nothing in the legislation would limit access to guns