Senate Bill 1443, by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), to assist schools in providing metal detectors on campus, passed the Senate Education Committee with bi-partisan support on Tuesday and moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
If the Bill is passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Brown, it would create a voluntary pilot program in Riverside County to allow the Riverside County Office of Education to receive $100,000 in state funds to purchase metal detectors if the office raised $900,000 from private donations.
The legislation is the result of conversations Senator Stone had with families and school officials throughout Riverside County who were concerned with rising crime and violence on school campuses.
“Parents in my district want to ensure that when their kids go to school that they are going into an environment where there are no weapons,” Senator Stone told the committee. “If this program saves one life I think it has accomplished its goal.”
Jeff Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.
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