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Newtown shooting prompts revival of campus safety proposal

December 18, 2012 |  8:55 am

Ted LieuThe Connecticut school shooting continues to spawn legislation in California aimed at improving campus safety.

A year after the Legislature stalled action on a bill to require schools to establish emergency-response plans, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said he is reviving it, and this time has Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) as a co-author.

“When children attend public school, they are in the care of the state and we better make sure they are as safe as possible," Lieu said.

The senator said the state does not know how many public schools have safety plans that outline steps that must be taken in an emergency.

“The Legislature has a responsibility to do what it can to ensure basic safety requirements are enforced in our schools,” Steinberg said. “Many schools have good plans in place, but that’s not enough. The safety of our children demands 100% compliance.”

Separately, other state lawmakers have proposed legislation regulating guns and ammunition.


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Photo: State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). Credit: AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli.