Bill would toughen crisis plan

A 2001 state law that requires public schools to have a written crisis management plan would be toughened to require local law enforcement to be involved in plan design, under a proposal that received approval Wednesday from the House Education Committee.

Safety drills would be required each year to rehearse the crisis response blueprint, and the plans would have to be reviewed annually, if the full Legislature agrees to House Bill 79 by state Rep. Bob Hensgens, R-Abbeville.

HB79, approved without objection and heading next to the House floor for debate, was prompted by the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The shootings in Newtown, Conn., were the second-largest school shooting in the country’s history. A gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.