SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4News) – A year after the Parkland, Fla. shooting, Utah legislators are voting on a bill the massacre inspired. It will have one of the largest price-tags of the legislative session.
The bill gives a one-time sum to schools to spend on infrastructure: things like emergency alert systems, single point entry, or cameras, to use at the discretion of the local school and Board of Education.
It also creates a more streamlined database for schools to report incidents of violence or bullying at their schools and more narrowly defines what those incidents entail.
Educators say this data is important because it enables districts and legislators to direct funding toward training and prevention.
The largest cost will be ongoing: a commitment to fund a social and emotional support staff member at every single school, or more than one depending on the size of the student body. That might be a counselor, social worker, psychologist, or school nurse depending on the needs of the individual school.
Find the full language and fiscal note of HB 120 here.