Arkansas Lawmakers Working On School Security Bills For 2019

Feb 28, 2018

Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle) and Sen. Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View) address reporters at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Credit Daniel Breen / KUAR News

Arkansas lawmakers are beginning work on school security proposals they want to take up during next year's session in response to the recent Florida high school shooting.

Sen. Missy Irvin and Rep. Mark Lowery said the Joint Performance Review Committee will hold a series of hearings this year and work on a package of bills to recommend aimed at improving student safety. The Republican lawmakers co-chair the committee.

Irvin said the panel will look at changes enacted or proposed in other states, including Florida. The lawmakers said the proposals could include requiring annual active shooter drills at schools and enhanced penalties for threats to schools.