State House votes to reinstate school safety task force

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The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to reinstate a school safety task force in the wake of the recent deadly school shootings in Parkland, Fla. and Birmingham, Ala.

Lawmakers voted 83-6 for HB447, which establishes the Alabama Task Force on School Safety and Security.

Sponsored by Decatur-Republican State Rep. Terri Collins, the bill charges the task force to annually study the current educational and safety laws, rules, and policies in Alabama in order to assist the Legislature in making effective changes to protect and benefit the citizens of this state.

The legislation did not pass without debate. Democratic lawmakers criticized the task force. They contend the House needs to take up legislation that also includes gun control and mental health.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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