WEA Legislative Update | January 17, 2019

Stop the legislature from allowing concealed firearms to be carried in our schools!

Senate File 0075 and House Bill 0183, both titled, “Repeal gun free zones and preemption amendments,” will be heard at the legislature. These bills repeal concealed carry restrictions, and specifically call for concealed carry of firearms to be allowed in elementary and secondary schools, on university and college campuses, and at sporting events. The bills also include concealed carry at legislative committee meetings. These bills increase the potential for an active shooter incident in our schools, puts students and school personnel at high risk, and destroys the assurance that schools are a safe place to learn.

Providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students is a priority for educators and parents. WEA supports school resource officers (SROs) who are adequately trained in the use of firearms. Bills which allow the secret, undetectable presence of firearms in our schools are not in the best interest of the safety and security of our most precious citizens. 

Your representatives need to hear from you!
Action in the House today:
HB 0078 —Education major maintenance. This bill funding passed second reading.
HB 0066 —Lodging tax. This passed third reading and will be heading to the Senate. The bill will increase revenue for the state budget.
HB 0075 —Background check requirements—professional licensure. This bill passed the Committee of the Whole.
Tomorrow in the Senate
SF 0049 – The Senate Education Committee discussed the Teton land use regulations, which is proposed to allow a private school to not be subject to Teton County building regulations and restrictions. In committee, the bill was amended to require private schools to follow the same regulations (school facilities department specifications) as public schools. The bill now moves to the senate floor for consideration.

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