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Pa. legislator to serve on school safety, security panel

April 11, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — State Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, has been selected to serve on the newly formed Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on School Safety and Security, which is tasked with developing and examining legislation to enhance the protection of school students and personnel.

“As a father and former educator, I am absolutely dedicated to making sure our schools are able to provide a safe and secure environment in which our children can learn and grow,” Rock said in a news release.

Rock said he already has demonstrated leadership on the issue of school safety with legislation signed into law last year. His bill now allows school districts in Pennsylvania to retain school resource officers and probation personnel who are experienced in juvenile issues to help reduce violent or criminal incidents within schools.

Rock said the House Select Committee on School Safety and Security will be responsible for investigating, reviewing and making recommendations regarding:

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  • Security policies and procedures in public and nonpublic schools and institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth
  • State laws and regulations related to school safety and security
  • Early detection of potentially violent perpetrators
  • Any potential budgetary, revenue and governance reforms necessary to address these matters

The select committee will be empowered to call witnesses such as representatives of the Department of Education and the School District of Philadelphia.

“The recent incident in Connecticut left many of us feeling that more needs to be done, but instead of a knee-jerk reaction, we are using this select committee to take a deliberate and thoughtful accounting of the current policies and procedures we already have in place and finding out how we can best improve upon them,” Rock said in the release.

The select committee was formed with the passage of House Resolution 53 on March 13. It must submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the House by Sept. 30.

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