Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-236

Title:

AN ACT EXTENDING THE SCHOOL SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

3/10/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/3/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill seeks to extend the time period to award a school security grant from June 30, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Tami Zawistowski, testified that she supports the competitive grant program as it is one of our most important priorities is to protect our schools. She also testified, “While many of the school systems have participated in this program, some need additional time to complete this work past the June 30, 2016 deadline”.

Tom Kuroski, AFT Connecticut, testified that they support this bill and would like to, “let the 169 districts finish the work of upgrading the safety and security of their school systems without having to financially compromise the education of their students”.

CABE, submitted written testimony in support of the program because, “it has been instrumental in enabling school districts to take appropriate action to provide a more secure school setting”.

Mike Muszynski, CCM, submitted written testimony supporting the extension of the competitive grant program. CCM supports the matching-grant program that helps, “reimburse municipalities for a portion of the costs associated with making safety and security improvements”.

Betsy Gara, COST, submitted written testimony supporting this bill as it, “has been a successful tool in assisting towns in improving security infrastructure in schools to help keep our children and school employees safe”.

Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents,(CAPSS), submitted written testimony in support of this bill and the continuation of this program to continue to secure our schools and provide a safer environment.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed

Reported by: Shane Henry

Date: 3\18\2016