Proposed bill would change school lockdown procedures in response to armed intruders

06/18/2015 08:30 AM

ERLANGER — State Rep. Diane St. Onge will re-file a bill for the 2016 session which would address changes in the way school officials look at lockdown procedures in the event of an armed intruder.

St. Onge, R-Lakeside Park, doesn’t feel that current procedures don’t necessarily deal specifically with an armed intruder.

“There’s certain dangers with that if we don’t have any parameters that are set,” St. Onge said. “So in compliance with FEMA and the DHS, this is something which I will introduce again that we have a procedure for an armed intruder, what the children should do, what the faculty with the administration should do in this situation.”

St. Onge has also filed a bill to bring felony charges to assailants who assault service animals, like police dogs, whether that animal is seriously injured or not.

Currently, only assailants who injure animals that are killed or injured to the point where they can’t go back to work face the possibility of being charged with a felony.

“It does protect our police officers and it’s just something that needs to be stopped,” St. Onge said.

Other issues of major concern to St. Onge that she believes needs to addressed in 2016 session include road funding, early childhood education, outcome-based post-secondary education funding and addressing funding issues at the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.

St. Onge feels it’s imperative that lawmakers honor its obligation to the pension plan by developing and implementing a sound fiscal funding policy.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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