The bill creates the enhance school safety incident response grant program in the division of homeland security and emergency management in the department of public safety (grant program) to provide funding for research, program development, and training to improve school safety incident response. The funding can be used by recipients to provide training, develop best practices and protocols, conduct research and development, and upgrade technology and infrastructure used for training related to school safety incident response.
Applications for the grants must be made by October 1 and grants must be awarded by December 1 for each year of the grant program. Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and must have experience providing school safety incident response training and working with law enforcement, first responders, school districts, and school personnel on issues related to school safety incident response.
The bill makes an appropriation from the school safety resource center cash fund and makes a conforming amendment to the statute creating that fund. The grant program and conforming amendment are repealed effective June 30, 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)