ASSEMBLY, No. 764
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2018 SESSION
Assemblyman RALPH R. CAPUTO
District 28 (Essex)
Assemblywoman CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER
District 28 (Essex)
Assemblywoman ANNETTE QUIJANO
District 20 (Union)
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman SHAVONDA E. SUMTER
District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywoman ANGELA V. MCKNIGHT
District 31 (Hudson)
Assemblyman HERB CONAWAY, JR.
District 7 (Burlington)
Assemblyman ERIC HOUGHTALING
District 11 (Monmouth)
Assemblymen Benson, Johnson, Assemblywoman Jasey, Assemblyman Giblin, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Assemblymen Eustace, Burzichelli, DeAngelo, Assemblywoman Jimenez, Assemblyman Holley, Assemblywoman Pinkin, Assemblymen Schaer, Chiaravalloti, Assemblywoman Murphy, Assemblyman Armato, Assemblywomen Mosquera, Timberlake, Assemblymen Mazzeo, Mukherji, Space, Gusciora and Assemblywoman Downey
“Alyssa’s Law”; requires public school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Education Committee on March 12, 2018, with amendments.
An Act concerning school security alarms and supplementing chapter 41 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
11. This act shall be known and may be cited as “Alyssa’s Law.”1
1[1.] 2.1 a. As used in this section:
“Emergency light” means a red light that is affixed to the exterior of a school building in a highly visible location above or near the front entrance or, in the case of a school building which is not clearly visible from the nearest public roadway, located on that public roadway.
“Panic alarm” means a silent security system signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation requiring a response from law enforcement.
b. Each public elementary and secondary school building shall be equipped with at least one panic alarm for use in a school security emergency including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation. The alarm shall be directly linked to local law enforcement authorities or, in the case of a school building located in a municipality in which there is no municipal police department, a location designated by the Superintendent of State Police, and shall immediately transmit a signal or message to such authorities upon activation. The alarm shall not be audible within the school building.
c. Each public elementary and secondary school building shall be equipped with an emergency light that is linked to the school’s panic alarm and which turns on when the panic alarm is activated.
1[2.] 3.1 Notwithstanding
the provisions of subsection a. of section 14 of P.L.2000, c.72 (C.18A:7G-14)
to the contrary, the proceeds of bonds authorized to be issued to fund the
State share of the costs of SDA district school facilities projects or the
State share of the costs of school facilities projects in all other districts,
including county vocational school districts, shall be used to fund the full
cost of the panic alarms and emergency lights required in public elementary and
secondary school buildings in any district pursuant to section 1 of this act.
1[3.] 4.1 This act shall take effect on the first day of the tenth month after enactment.