Florida Senate - 2020                               CS for SB 70
       By the Committee on Infrastructure and Security; and Senators
       Book and Berman
       596-02230-20                                            202070c1
    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 to be
    5         equipped with a panic alarm system; providing
    6         requirements for such systems; providing an effective
    7         date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. This act may be cited as “Alyssa’s Law.”
   12         Section 2. Section 1013.373, Florida Statutes, is created
   13  to read:
   14         1013.373 Panic alarms in public schools.—
   15         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   16         (a)“Panic alarm system” means a security system signal
   17  generated by the manual activation of a device or an alternative
   18  mechanism intended to communicate a life-threatening or
   19  emergency situation that requires a response from law
   20  enforcement.
   21         (b)“Public school building” includes all buildings on a
   22  public elementary, middle, or high school campus where
   23  instruction takes place or where students are present during the
   24  school day.
   25         (2)Each public school must be equipped with a panic alarm
   26  system for use in a school security emergency, including, but
   27  not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, a lockdown, or an active
   28  shooter situation. The panic alarm system must be accessible to
   29  administrators, teachers, staff, and other designated personnel
   30  at all locations on the school grounds. The panic alarm system
   31  must provide permanently installed alert indicators located at
   32  indoor and outdoor locations. The panic alarm system must be
   33  directly linked to the main office at the school and to local
   34  law enforcement agencies that are designated as first responders
   35  to the school’s campus, and the system must immediately transmit
   36  a signal or message to those authorities upon activation.
   37         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.