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  • NJ A3348
  • Requires certain school security measures to be incorporated in architectural design of new school construction and certain school security measures for existing buildings.
Introduced
(2/22/2016)
In Committee
(9/12/2016)
Crossed Over
(4/7/2016)
Passed
(10/20/2016)
Signed
(12/5/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill implements recommendation #11, architectural design for new construction, and recommendation #12, hardening school perimeters and building entryways, of the July 2015 report of the New Jersey School Security Task Force. Recommendation #11 of the report outlines items that should be considered in the architectural design for the construction of new school buildings. These items include, among others, marked school entrances with a uniform numbering system, keyless locking mechanisms, access control systems which allow for remote locking and unlocking, sufficient space for evacuation in the event of an emergency, and areas in the school building intended for public use separated and secure from all other areas. Recommendation #12 of the report outlines items in regard to the hardening of school perimeters and building entryways. In addition to employing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles, this recommendation includes, among others, items such as a requirement that school security personnel be in uniform, the number of doors for access by school staff should be limited, exterior doors should remain locked, secure vestibules at the school's main entrance should be created, and surveillance cameras should be used as a target-hardening tool. The task force found that in prior decades very few schools were built with security issues in mind. However, as the number of acts of violence in the nation's schools has increased, considerable attention has been given to the issue of school safety and security. The task force determined that "school renovations and new construction must strike a balance between providing a welcoming educational environment and a safe environment in which students can learn and teachers can teach. Well-reasoned school design will encourage proper security measures to be employed by school districts and save the cost of retrofitting buildings." By enacting these task force recommendations, this bill seeks to strike that balance.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2016, c.79.  (on 12/5/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
12/5/2016 S Approved P.L.2016, c.79.
10/20/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (38-0)
10/20/2016 S SUBSTITUTED FOR S2439
9/12/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
9/12/2016 Senate Education Hearing (10:00 9/12/2016 Committee Room 6, 1st Floor)
4/18/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
4/7/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (73-0-0)
3/3/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
3/3/2016 Assembly Education Hearing (10:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
2/22/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/20/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2439 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 10/20/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 9/12/2016 Senate Education Committee: Reported Favorably 3 0 2
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 73 0 7
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 0 2