By Bryan Boggiano
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Alyssa’s Law on Tuesday, surrounded by Make Our Schools Safe members.
Under Alyssa’s Law, each school classroom will have silent panic alarms directly linked to law enforcement. Emergency services can get to the scene quickly, neutralize a threat, and triage victims, according to Make Our Schools Safe.
State Rep. Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) and State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Montgomery County) introduced companion items in the state legislature requiring classrooms to have panic alarms by the 2025/2026 school year.
With Abbott’s signature, Texas joins New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Tennessee in passing the school safety legislation.
New Jersey became the first state to pass the law in 2019. Gov. In 2020, State Reps. Dan Daley (D-Coral Springs) and Michael Gottlieb (D-Davie) cosponsored legislation in the State House, while State Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation) introduced a companion item in the State Senate.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Alyssa’s Law that June.
Alyssa’s Law is in progress in Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska, Georgia, and Virginia. At the federal level, District 25 Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.
According to Lori Alhadeff, the Make Our Schools Safe president, she hopes the passage of the bill will help to prevent tragedies such as those in Parkland and Uvalde.
“We are feeling extremely excited about today’s development in Texas,” she said. “We are hopeful that Alyssa’s Law will become a standard level of school safety protection in every state in the country.”
- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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