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Toohil to Assist in Review of School Safety

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) was appointed this week by Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) to serve on the House Select Committee on School Safety and Security. The committee was created in March with the unanimous passage of House Resolution 53. Toohil and other committee members will review school security policies statewide and recommend legislation that enhances school safety.

“In the wake of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, which has focused national attention on the issue of school security, it is imperative that we undertake this in-depth review to determine what steps must be taken to improve the safety of Pennsylvania’s students and their teachers,” said Toohil. “As a strong advocate for our children, I am honored to have been named to the select committee and look forward to getting to work.”

Committee members are tasked with reviewing relevant state law before new school safety legislation advances in the House. Numerous measures have already been introduced in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The select committee will be responsible for investigating and reviewing:

  • Security policies and procedures in public and nonpublic schools and institutions of higher education in this Commonwealth.
  • State laws and regulations related to school safety and security.
  • Early detection of potentially violent perpetrators.
  • Any potential budgetary, revenue and governance reforms necessary to address these matters.

The committee will conduct several hearings to call witnesses and accept expert testimony. A report of its findings and recommendations will then be prepared, which may lead to legislation, policies, executive orders, best practices, etc. The report must be submitted to the House by Sept. 30. The committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Thursday, April 18, in Harrisburg.  

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Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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