Florida Senate - 2020                                      SB 70
       By Senator Book
       32-00128-20                                             202070__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to panic alarms in public schools;
    3         providing a short title; creating s. 1013.373, F.S.;
    4         defining terms; requiring each public school building
    5         on the campus of a public elementary school, middle
    6         school, or high school to be equipped with at least
    7         one panic alarm; providing panic alarm requirements;
    8         providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. This act may be cited as “Alyssa’s Law.”
   13         Section 2. Section 1013.373, Florida Statutes, is created
   14  to read:
   15         1013.373 Panic alarms in public schools.—
   16         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   17         (a) “Panic alarm” means a silent security system signal
   18  generated by the manual activation of a device or an alternative
   19  mechanism intended to communicate a life-threatening or
   20  emergency situation that requires a response from law
   21  enforcement.
   22         (b) “Public school building” includes all buildings on a
   23  public elementary, middle, or high school campus where
   24  instruction takes place or where students are present during the
   25  school day.
   26         (2) Each public school building must be equipped with at
   27  least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency,
   28  including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown,
   29  or active shooter situation. The panic alarm must be directly
   30  linked to the local law enforcement agencies that are designated
   31  as first responders to the school’s campus and must immediately
   32  transmit a signal or message to those authorities upon
   33  activation.
   34         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.