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New York State Senate passes school safety bills

March 06, 2018 11:34 AM

ALBANY, NY – On Monday night, the New York State Senate voted to increase funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades. 

Other bills sent through the Senate last night would mandate two annual active-shooter drills and set aside money for mental health coordinators in schools. Another measure would make it a terrorist act to criminally discharge a gun within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship. 

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In the aftermath of the Florida shooting, Democratic lawmakers pushed for stricter gun laws. Senate Democrats tried to force a vote on gun control laws with a hostile amendment last week, but the effort was stopped by Senate Republicans.

The legislation on school safety now moves to the Assembly. 

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