Alyssa's Law, a measure that would require public schools to have a “panic alert” system, unanimously passed through the House Education Committee with bipartisan support.
Now, it's heading to the House floor.
Named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a student killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the bill requires public schools, including charter schools, to have a mobile panic button system called "Alyssa's Alert," according to a press release from the House. The system will link to local law enforcement for real-time coordination between several first responders.
The enhanced system will reduce response times by law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services to save students' lives, according to the press release. After her daughter was killed, Lori Alhadeff, Alyssa's mother, worked with legislators to have this measure passed.
“The introduction of ‘Alyssa’s Law’ to the state of Florida is just one way we can honor the young life of Alyssa Alhadeff," Rep. Michael Gottlieb said. "By providing Florida’s public schools with the option for panic alarms, first responders will now receive immediate guidance and direction; enabling them to respond more quickly, eliminate a threat, and treat those who have been harmed. This is a necessary response to an evil in today’s society, we must continue this congruent effort until we find a solution to our mass shooting epidemic.”