Gov. Lee Signs $230 Million Dollar School Safety Bill Intended To Fortify Safety Of Tennessee Schools In Wake Of Covenant Shooting

May 11, 2023 | Political News

This week Governor Lee signed into law a bill that is aimed at fortifying school safety in all public schools as well as private and church affiliated schools. 

HB0322/SB0274 sponsored by Representative William Lamberth (R-D44-Portland) and Senator Jack Johnson (R-D23-Williamson County) As introduced, requires the threat assessment team of each LEA to coordinate with state agencies providing services and technical assistance to local teams. – Amends TCA Section 10-7-504; Title 49, Chapter 6 and Title 62, Chapter 35.

A news release on the state website says, “Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed strong school safety legislation into law and recognized the investment of more than $230 million to strengthen safety at public and private schools across Tennessee.”

“Nothing is more important than Tennessee students and teachers returning home from school safely each day,” said Gov. Lee. “Every year since 2019, we’ve worked with the General Assembly to prioritize school safety, and this year, we’ve passed significant measures to fund an armed SRO for every public school, enhance mental health support and boost physical security at public and private schools across Tennessee.”