I sponsored Senate Bill 5445, which is currently being considered by the House Capital Budget Committee. It would appropriate $10 million of capital funds to improve security at existing and future public schools based on the measures set forth in another bill, Senate Bill 5197. Two of the Majority Coalition Caucus’ priorities are education and jobs, and as chair of the Senate capital budget committee I believe that early action in this matter will help to not only create construction jobs but provide for modern facilities that promote learning. Under SB 5445, $475 million in general obligation bonds would be appropriated for the 2013-15 school construction assistance program, including the $10 million grant program to improve security at public schools. The bill is written to take effect immediately after being signed into law.
To better protect Washington schools, students and teachers, the Senate today unanimously passed two bills that would initiate implementation of school-safety measures. Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 5197, a measure that was introduced in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
“At a time when someone is threatening our kids, seconds count,” Dammeier said. “Community members who testified at a public hearing for this bill talked about how banks are better protected than our schools. That needs to change.” Continue reading