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Michigan Legislature approves school safety bills

December 18, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Public schools in Michigan would be required to develop an emergency operations plan by 2020 under bills getting final approval in the Legislature.

The mandate is included in a package of school safety measures that were introduced in the wake of the shooting massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year. Lawmakers previously allocated extra funding to boost security.

Bills approved Tuesday — or poised for final votes soon — would make policy changes.

A new state Office of School Safety would be required to train school staff on safety measures. Districts would have to consult with local law enforcement on safety features before constructing a school or doing a major renovation.

People wanting to become police officer would have to complete active violence response training.

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