Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 70 By the Committee on Infrastructure and Security; and Senators Book and Berman 596-02230-20 202070c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to panic alarms in public schools; 3 providing a short title; creating s. 1013.373, F.S.; 4 defining terms; requiring each public school to be 5 equipped with a panic alarm system; providing 6 requirements for such systems; providing an effective 7 date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. This act may be cited as “Alyssa’s Law.” 12 Section 2. Section 1013.373, Florida Statutes, is created 13 to read: 14 1013.373 Panic alarms in public schools.— 15 (1) As used in this section, the term: 16 (a) “Panic alarm system” means a security system signal 17 generated by the manual activation of a device or an alternative 18 mechanism intended to communicate a life-threatening or 19 emergency situation that requires a response from law 20 enforcement. 21 (b) “Public school building” includes all buildings on a 22 public elementary, middle, or high school campus where 23 instruction takes place or where students are present during the 24 school day. 25 (2) Each public school must be equipped with a panic alarm 26 system for use in a school security emergency, including, but 27 not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, a lockdown, or an active 28 shooter situation. The panic alarm system must be accessible to 29 administrators, teachers, staff, and other designated personnel 30 at all locations on the school grounds. The panic alarm system 31 must provide permanently installed alert indicators located at 32 indoor and outdoor locations. The panic alarm system must be 33 directly linked to the main office at the school and to local 34 law enforcement agencies that are designated as first responders 35 to the school’s campus, and the system must immediately transmit 36 a signal or message to those authorities upon activation. 37 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.