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At a glance: New Oklahoma school safety laws

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed four bills that came from recommendations from the Oklahoma Commission on School Security. All four take effect immediately.
Published: April 17, 2013
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At a glance

School safety laws

Gov. Mary Fallin signed four bills that came from recommendations from the Oklahoma Commission on School Security. All four take effect immediately.

• Senate Bill 256 requires school districts to conduct lockdown drills in addition to fire, intruder and tornado emergency bills.

• SB 257 forms an Oklahoma School Security Institute under the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. It is to act as a hub of information and resources related to school security and training.

• SB 258 created a deadline of Nov. 1 by which schools and institutes of higher learning are to provide annually updated plans for protecting students, faculty and visitors from disasters and emergencies.

• SB 259 requires school authorities to immediately report to law officers when a firearm is discovered on a student who is not a minor or an adult who isn't authorized to possess a firearm on school property. In those cases, the weapon is to be turned over to law officers.


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