Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Neil Anderson (Rock Island) that aims to make schools safer for children has been approved by the Illinois Senate.
Senate Bill 1340 creates the School Security and Standards Task Force to study the current security conditions, make recommendations and draft minimum standards for schools to provide a safer learning environment for students.
“There are very few things in this world that are more important than the health and safety of our children,” said Anderson. “I’m proud that the Senate has passed Senate Bill 1340 to bring together parents, school administrators, local law enforcement officers and firefighters to recommend new security standards and ensure they are consistent for schools throughout the state.”
The Task Force brings together individuals who have knowledge, experience, and expertise in the security field or who have worked within school systems to compose and submit a report containing recommendations for school safety to the General Assembly and the Governor.
The Task Force was previously proposed by State Sen. Tim Bivins (Dixon), but its work was not able to be completed because then-Governor Pat Quinn failed to make appointments in a timely manner. Anderson’s legislation would give the Task Force another chance to make students safe.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives to be considered in that chamber.