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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin signs four school security bills

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 17, 2013

/articleid/3786839/1/pictures/2014815">Photo - Gov. Mary Fallin signs four school safety bills based on recommendations from school safety commission during a signing ceremony Tuesday in the blue room of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN</strong>
Gov. Mary Fallin signs four school safety bills based on recommendations from school safety commission during a signing ceremony Tuesday in the blue room of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman PAUL HELLSTERN

The commission was made up of experts from law enforcement, mental health and education, as well as parents and first responders.

All four bills received unanimous approval in the Senate and received at least 85 votes in the 101-member House of Representatives.

“As a parent, there's nothing more special than our children,” said Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “When parents send their children off to school, they expect a safe, clean environment for our children at school. Teachers are there to teach.”

At the end of each school day, “we want to make sure those kids are getting off that bus and coming back home,” he said.

Lamb said some schools may already be doing some of the practices outlined in the four bills, but not all of them are.

The Oklahoma School Security Institute will be coordinating how schools are complying with the legislation, he said.

“That will be a resource center of best practices to provide opportunity, education, training and effectiveness to our schools because not all schools are the same,” he said.

Lamb said the commission was careful not to pass on unfunded mandates to schools.


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