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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 26, 2018 10:05 AM
From: Senator Robert M. Tomlinson and Sen. Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Executive Session to Discuss Security Measurers
Unfortunately, this latest school shooting in Florida is another traumatic event in recent history that has compromised our safety and security, both individually and as a nation. Our school age children are subject to active shooter drills and metal detectors and security have become a way of life as we enter many public and private buildings.

While unsettling, we understand these measures help protect us. As more security measures come in place, many municipalities and school districts in Pennsylvania struggle with the fact that, while they are trying to better protect those in their care, they are also subject to publicizing just how they plan to respond and where, if any, their plan is weakest.

This does not make sense. Why would we develop a comprehensive plan with our local and state authorities to then discuss publicly how we would respond to a major incident or active shooter? Why would we give someone with the desire to harm us the ability to know the plans and scenarios we are prepared for?

Over half of the states in our nation already have measures in place which allow for security and safety matters to be discussed in Executive Session. Please join us as we seek to become the next state with that protection, where we balance the desire for openness and transparency with the need to best protect our citizens. This small common sense approach will help our municipalities and school districts as well as our first responders in a big way as they seek to keep us safe.

Introduced as SB1078