O’Donnell Says Classrooms Need Doors that Lock from the Inside, Moves Bill Forward
Chair of the Assembly Education Committee’s Assembly Bill 3205 passes first policy committee
(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 3205 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), which would require older classrooms to have locks that can be locked from the inside, passed the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday.
“As a teacher for many years, I am proud to bring the classroom perspective to the State Legislature when it comes to the safety of our teachers and students,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “I have participated in many school lockdowns, and I know firsthand that our classrooms need doors that lock from the inside so that no one is left vulnerable in a campus emergency. In the wake of the recent Florida tragedy, I believe we must do more to protect our teachers and students. AB 3205 will save lives.”
Current law requires all schools built after 2012 to have locks that lock from the inside of the classrooms. In the event of a campus emergency, teachers in older schools without indoor locks must go outside to lock their doors. AB 3205 better protects these teachers by requiring inside door locks on modernization projects seeking state school bond funds.
The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.
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