School safety, TOPS funding bills pass LA Senate

Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, explained the contents of his bill, the “School Terrorism Prevention Act,” to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. (Photo: Kaylee Poche, LSU Manship School News Service)

Joby Richard

Bills aimed at increasing student safety and supplementing TOPS funding have passed the Senate floor and seem close to becoming law.

One would require any K-12 student who makes threats against a classmate to undergo mental health evaluation before returning to school. It now goes back to the House for approval of amendments the Senate made.

Another would provide an additional dedicated source of funding for TOPS. The Senate passed this bill 31-2, with Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, and Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, voting against it.

The House already had approved the bill. It now goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature.

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