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Washington State House Approves Bill to Increase Protection in Schools

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A bill focused on protecting Washington State's school children was unanimously approved Monday by the House of Representatives.
"I am glad the members of the House recognized the need for Senate Bill 5197, and I especially appreciate the work Representatives Dave Hayes and Monica Stonier put into fine-tuning the measure," said Sen. Bruce Dammeier, sponsor of the bill. "Increasing the safety of our schools is a critical priority, and yesterday's tragic attack at the Boston Marathon was another reminder of how volatile the world we live in can be."
Dammeier said SB 5197, which passed the Senate in mid-February, presents the framework for schools to make it more difficult for someone with ill will to get to students and to help law enforcement respond more quickly and effectively.
The measure is backed by a $10 million appropriation in the Senate capital-budget proposal.