Sen. Lawson's Emergency Plan Making an Early Exit?

Jan 12, 2013 -- 4:58am

Delaware Senator Dave Lawson is worried that a resolution he’s authored to make Delaware’s public schools safer is not getting a fair look. He was told late Thursday that his resolution had been assigned to the Senate Education Committee; Concurrent Resolutions rarely go to committee. Typically, the first action is taken on the Senate floor.

Senator Lawson calls it unnecessary and potentially harmful political gamesmanship. Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 asks the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Education, and Department of Safety and Homeland Security to study the practicality and/or feasibility of installing in public schools emergency exits in every ground level classroom and fire door locks for second floor stairwells for times of crisis.

The resolution comes in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy that left 20 children and six school employees dead.

Senator Lawson says he was told by Senator Sokola who chairs the Education Committee, that they will address the issue after the six-week break for Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearings, which wouldn’t be until the week of March 11 at the earliest.



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