School Safety Drill Legislation Clears State House

Oct 30, 2013

Michigan schools would have to be more transparent about how they conduct emergency safety drills under a bill in Lansing.

The state House passed the legislation Wednesday with bi-partisan support.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

The bill would require schools to post on their websites when and how they do things like fire, tornado, and lock-down drills. It would also require that drills be spread out through the school year.

State Representative Joe Graves introduced the legislation. He says it’s too easy for schools to hide information about emergency safety drills.

“So rather than fill out a two page report that sits in a desk drawer that nobody ever sees, just post it on the website for five days, and mom and dad and grandma and grandpa know that the drills are being conducted,” he says.

A number of school groups oppose the bill. They say it creates more red tape for schools that are already struggling financially.