A new bill named Alyssa’s Law will create another layer of safety in the future for New York school districts.
The bill named after 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida shooting, will require schools to have a panic button that students and teachers can use in the event of an active shooter to alert law enforcement.
Why has the bill taken so long to pass?
Alyssa’s mother, Lordi Alhadeff, reached out to 100 assembly members’ offices in order to get this bill to pass through the Senate last week. After three long years of advocacy, the bill is now awaiting Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature to become law.
“It means to me so much. To honor my daughter Alyssa who was tragically killed at Stoneman Douglas high school but also I know this is a layer of safety that would protect our kids and make our schools safe My heart break for the families,” said Lori Alhadeff.
“I too know the pain and it’s the most horrific thing for parents to find out that their child was shot and killed in their school.”
What are the challenges that come with this bill?
This bill doesn’t come without its challenges.
One would be the costs to school districts and the other are issues among party lines dealing with gun legislation.
“Public opinion polls repeatedly show New Yorkers believe their state is headed in the wrong direction … The 2022 legislative session only served as a reminder that state government is as expensive and dysfunctional as it’s ever been,” said Barclay in a statement according to ABC13WHAM.