SB 1556

83(R) - 2013
Homeland Security

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Kel Seliger

Bill Caption

Relating to the establishment of the School Safety Advisory Council and School Safety Certification Program.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. School districts could incur additional administrative costs related to the school safety certification program, although seeking certification would be optional and costs would vary.

Bill Analysis

Summary:  SB 1556 would create a School Safety Task Force with the responsibility to develop best practices and make recommendations to the legislature, Texas School Safety Center, and Homeland Security on multihazard emergency operations planning. This legislation would also create a certification that the current Texas School Safety Center would award a school district for implementing a security plan "that includes specified security and communication measures and an outline of safety training for school employees; that demonstrates to the center with current written self-audit processes that the district conducts at least one drill per year for each type of drill prescribed by the bill; that complies with statutory provisions for conducting and reporting the results of safety and security audits; and that meets any other eligibility criteria as recommended by the School Safety Task Force."

Analysis: Because the School Safety Task force would be charged with developing best practices, but not given rulemaking authority, and because the certification process for school districts would be optional, passage of this legislation would not constitute an expansion of government. SB 1556 neither offends nor uplifts our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral.