21 Senators Introduce Bill to Help Prevent School Violence
The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 has the bipartisan support of over 21 senators, including Texas Senator John Cornyn. The new bill was introduced to the House Judiciary committee on Jan. 30, 2018.
The STOP Act has garnered support from over 17 Florida lawmakers; 10 Republican co-sponsors and seven Democrats.
Although Florida Senator Marco Rubio is not among the co-sponsors, he has expressed his support of the bill on his website and on the House floor just days ago on Mar. 1.
The STOP Act would essentially amend and reinstate the 2001-2009 Secure Our Schools Act to offer grants to public schools that choose to implement programs and technologies that are proven to prevent school violence.
If passed, over $75 million dollars would be available for the grant program in 2018 and $100 million annually for the next 10 years.