School Safety Legislation Clears The Ohio Senate
Senate Bill 42 responds to conversations between Vermillion Schools & Senators Manning & Gardner
April 10, 2013
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Senate Bill 42, jointly sponsored by Senators Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) and Randy Gardner (R–Bowling Green), passed the Ohio Senate today with broad bipartisan support. The legislation will authorize the creation of local levies for the sole purpose of funding additional school safety and security.

“Currently, the law only allows school districts to place a general levy on the ballot,” said Manning. “This bill will give voters the opportunity to vote for a school levy that specifically funds additional security at their child’s school.”

Manning and Gardner emphasized that the legislation does not require districts to take any action, but only gives the community the freedom to decide what is best for their kids and their local school district.

“This is by no means a mandate or a tax, but a new tool that the citizens can employ to help make their schools as safe as possible,” said Gardner. “Senate Bill 42 gives additional options to our local communities by allowing the voters to create a local levy that specifically targets school safety.”

Senators Manning and Gardner initiated this legislation after the issues was raised by school leaders in Vermilion, Ohio. The Senators stand with the local leaders in believing that Senate Bill 42 is a first step toward giving our communities new tools to ensure that our children can learn and grow in a safe environment. 

Testifying before the Senate Standing Committee on Ways and Means, Vermillion Board of Education President David Rice said that the bill “will give local communities a tool to provide for the health and safety of their children, now and into the future.”

The bill also received the support of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Ohio School Boards Association.

Senate Bill 42 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.


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