Rep. Chip LaMarca (R-Lighthouse Point) yesterday presented the 2021 House School Safety Package, HB 7035.
Rep. Chip LaMarca said, “Being a product of public schools in Broward County, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy was not just close to home, it was close to my heart. Getting to know some of the parents like Lori Alhadeff when I worked to help pass Alyssa’s Law, Ryan Petty of the MSD Commission, and working with groups such as Stand With Parkland run by Tony Montalto to make real school safety progress and change, has been a privilege.
This bill brings about much needed advancements in timely notice to parents, family reunification plans during an emergency, clarifies what acts require a school to refer a student to a pre-arrest diversion or intervention program, and strengthens mental health coordination for students to get them the services they need and deserve. I am honored to be trusted by House Leadership and Chairman Latvala to carry such an important piece of legislation for Florida’s students.”
Tony Montalto, President of Stand with Parkland — The National Association of Families for Safe Schools said, “We are pleased to work with Representative LaMarca as he leads the way for further improvements to Florida’s education system. This bill captures recommendations from both the MSD Public Safety Commission and the statewide grand jury interim reports. Stand with Parkland hopes to see leaders from both chambers join in a bipartisan effort to improve the safety of all Florida’s students and staff at school.”