Four bills authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon related to the issue of school safety passed full votes in the House Thursday.
Speaker Shannon and President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said they created the Oklahoma Commission on School Security in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings. The commission submitted a report to state leaders detailing suggestions on things the state of Oklahoma can do to make its schools safer and more secure. According to Shannon, the four bills he authored were a result of the report.
“Our children are precious and we must take the necessary steps to protect them while they are spending the day at school learning,” said Shannon. “Recent tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary remind us that we must remain vigilant in the protection of our children. As a father, this is a particularly important issue to me.”