School safety bill mired in public records exemptions

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Senate Bill 1133, referred to often as the school safety bill, passed the Senate, 33-1, last Thursday, March 14.


SB 1133 is scheduled for consideration in the House Education Committee today, Wednesday. On its face, SB 1133 is a good bill. It addresses school security concerns in a decidedly Idaho way.

SB 3311 would require school boards, in conjunction with the county sheriff’s office, to “develop, implement and maintain a school safety and security plan for every public ele-mentary and secondary school located within the district.”

According to the language of the bill, tools available within those safety plans include restricted entries, metal detectors and “authorization of persons to carry firearms.”