The bill, Senate Bill 7030, builds upon the landmark law passed last year after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. That law created a new program to arm school “guardians,” who are school staff who choose to undergo training by local law enforcement to carry guns in schools and respond to active shooters.
Diaz said the bill is a necessary step to advance the Legislature’s efforts last year, which excluded teachers who “exclusively perform classroom duties,” instead allowing coaches and administrators to participate in an effort to compromise. But Diaz also told the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee that many teachers are already eligible, including those who are hall monitors or sponsor the school chess club.
LEAP Forward is grading SB 7030, and is scoring opposition.