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Weekly Session Wrap-Up–State Senator Bob Mensch’s Report

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Week of June 4, 2018

In this Edition:

  • Senate Acts to Implement School Threat Reporting Measure
  • Mensch Panel Releases Reports on PA Water Use, Regional College, Game Commission, Tavern Gaming
  • Senate Approves Tougher Penalties for SNAP/Food Stamps Fraud
  • Bill Provides More Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
  • Senate Approves Bill Ensuring EMS Reimbursements for Service
  • Bills Provide Taxpayer Savings on Municipal Purchases
  • Additional Bills Approved by Senate and Sent to House
  • Bills Sent to Governor for Enactment
  • Committee Roundup
  • Next Week

Senate Acts to Implement School Threat Reporting Measure

On Wednesday, the Senate approved legislation I am co-sponsoring that will create a new threat monitoring system to help reduce school violence.

The Safe2Say Program, as created by Senate Bill 1142, would allow anonymous reporting of threats regarding unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal activities in schools. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. The state Attorney General’s office would create the system, which would accept anonymous tips through a hotline, online or an app.

The Safe2Say Program is modeled after a similar system created in Colorado following the school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. Since its inception, Colorado authorities have received more than 30,000 reports of potentially dangerous situations. At least five other states have created similar programs.

 

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