April 12, 2019

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted unanimously (32-0-3) to pass SB19-179, Enhance School Safety Incident Response Grant Program, a bill sponsored by Senator Pete Lee (D-El Paso County) that would update and improve an existing program designed to increase school safety. The bill now moves to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration.

“There is nothing more important than protecting the safety of our students and educators, and the expansion of this program will help ensure they are safe by teaching more schools how to best respond to emergency situations,” said Senator Lee.  

In 2018, then-Representative Lee passed HB18-1413, a bill that created a program to provide grants to nonprofits organizations experienced with school safety training and working with law enforcement for research and training in how to respond to school shootings and other emergencies. SB19-179 will improve this program by appropriating an additional $1,150,000 to the department of public safety for its administration.

For more information about this legislation, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-179.