Illinois passes bill requiring storm shelter in new school construction

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Legislation requiring any new school construction to include storm shelters has been sent to the governor for approval.

The Illinois Senate approved HB 2513, which mandates that any new school construction or remodeling that includes classroom space must include a storm shelter. The measure was approved, 43-14.

Among area senators, Democrat Mike Frerichs of Champaign and Republican Bill Brady of Bloomington, voted yes, while Republicans Dale Righter of Mattoon and Jason Barickman of Bloomington voted no. Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, did not vote.

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