This bill — the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 — would reauthorize the Secure Our Schools grant program with $50 million annually through fiscal year 2028. The program is currently funded with $30 million annually. Grants could be used for: 1) training law enforcement, school personnel, and students; 2) developing and operating anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence (including hotlines, websites, and mobile apps); 3) security assessments & coordination with local law enforcement; 4) installing & using deterrent measures like metal detectors and locks; 5) other measures that may provide significant improvement in security.
What is House Bill H.R. 4909?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4909
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) introduced this bill to boost school efforts to develop violence prevention programs and coordinate with law enforcement to improve school safety:
“As a career police officer and sheriff for 12 years in my hometown of Jacksonville, I know first-hand the importance of communities working together with their law enforcement agencies to keep people safe. This bill invests in early intervention and prevention programs in our local schools, so that our communities and law enforcement can be partners in preventing violent events from happening. We need to give students, teachers, and law enforcement the tools and training they need to identify warning signs and to know who to contact when they see something that is not right.”
This legislation has the support of 71 bipartisan cosponsors, including 47 Republicans and 24 Democrats.
- Sponsoring Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) Press Release
- Roll Call
- Sunshine State News
- Tampa Bay Times
- Washington Examiner
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STOP School Violence Act of 2018
To reauthorize the grant program for school security in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the Judiciary
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- The house Passed March 14th, 2018Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 10 Nay
Crime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityCommittee on the JudiciaryIntroducedJanuary 30th, 2018
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