Proposed law would permit barricade devices in schools

Ohio Statehouse. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Ohio Statehouse. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that could make it easier for schools to install barricade devices on doors in emergencies is up for a vote in an Ohio House committee.

The bill would require Ohio’s standards board to adopt rules for schools using the devices and would prohibit the banning of such devices under the state fire code.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson in northeastern Ohio, and Rep. Heather Bishoff, a Democrat from Blacklick in suburban Columbus, is directed at schools’ security efforts in case of an active shooter.

The bill was scheduled for a vote Wednesday afternoon in the House State Government Committee.

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