Rep. Capps introduces bill to improve school safety

bmorem@thetribunenews.comApril 12, 2013 

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps has introduced legislation meant to ensure schools have resources to improve student and teacher safety.

The legislation, which mirrors parts of the Senate gun safety package that overcame a threatened filibuster Thursday, would provide matching funds for safety-related capital improvements to school facilities such as reinforced doors, lighting and fencing.

“Addressing gun violence in our society and ensuring the safety of our children requires a multifaceted approach,” said Capps, D-Santa Barbara, in introducing the School Safety Enhancements Act.

“I believe we must provide our schools with the opportunity to partner with the federal government to take steps to better secure their campuses and provide a safe learning environment. I’m pleased the gun safety legislation advanced by the Senate this morning includes these same provisions and will continue to work for their enactment.”

The legislation would authorize $40 million per year for 10 years, with federal grants matching 50/50 with state or local government funds.

Capps represents a portion of San Luis Obispo County.

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