Last week, the Governor conditionally vetoed A-764/S-365. This bill would require all public school buildings in New Jersey to be equipped with at least one silent panic alarm directly linked to local law enforcement for use in the event of a school security emergency. It is named in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was just 14 when she was killed on February 14, 2018, in the school shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed 17 lives.
Governor Murphy’s proposed amendments would: change the funding source (from the School Development Authority’s (SDA’s) current, cash-strapped bonding authority, to the proposed Secure Our Children’s Future Bond Act, which will go to the voters on this November’s ballot); authorize the SDA to implement a streamlined grant approval process; and delay the effective date of the new mandate, pending voter approval of the bond.
The Assembly has concurred with the Governor’s recommendations. We expect the Senate to do the same when next they meet.
Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x121.