MONTGOMERY — A committee of legislators, law enforcement officers, educators and state agency directors met Tuesday to reexamine school safety in Alabama.

The School Safety Commission initially met from 2016 to 2018 but is taking another look at the safety issues after an absence of a few years, according to State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), the commission’s chair.

“This committee was formed back in 2016, and we worked together to come up with some minimum standards and good partnerships that we recommended in each area,” Collins told reporters on Tuesday. “I would hope that this committee continues to send in what are some suggestions? What are some gaps that you see in your area that need to be addressed? And then we’ll look at those and then we’ll go point by point and decide what are good recommendations that might fill that gap. That is really what we’re hoping to see. There are people that have come to me, come to the [House] Speaker [Nathaniel Ledbetter] and all and said, ‘We’ve got a product. We think it’s the best thing since sliced bread and we want to share that with you.’ Well, we don’t want just one person that’s not an expert in that area to hear about that. Just putting our heads together to make sure that we make the best decisions that are efficient and effective.”

The 2024 legislative session begins Feb. 6, 2024.

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