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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 12, 2018 01:18 PM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Allowing Tasers in classrooms

Date: April 12, 2018
To: All Senators
From: Senator Dan Laughlin
RE: Co-sponsorship
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would allow classrooms to be equipped with Tasers. These devices would be stored in a secured lock box accessed by an ID card issued to trained, authorized school personnel. Upon swiping the card to unlock the box, 911 dispatch would automatically be contacted. I believe we must look at all options when it comes to improving the safety and security of our schools.

My bill would allow school personnel to have access to these devices in school safety zones if they receive authorization from the school board of directors and have met certain training requirements in the use and handling of such defense mechanisms. This legislation will not mandate a school’s participation, but will give school boards the ability to establish policy and put in place protocols needed to enable personnel to exercise their ability to access this device on designated school property.

This bill will provide another option for schools by providing a quick response to school shootings and improving the safety and security of our children, teachers and school staff.

Please contact Matt Azeles, of my staff, at 787-8927 or at mazeles@pasen.gov if you have any questions.

Introduced as SB1188