Categories: LaFave News,News 25Apr Rep. LaFave continues push to improve school safety in Upper Peninsula, all of Michigan State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today continued his efforts to make schools safer in the Upper Peninsula and across Michigan.LaFave testified before the House Appropriations Committee on his plan requiring schools to submit incident reports to a proposed statewide school safety commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.LaFave said the information also is needed to get solid data about the number and type of school violence incidents and threats occurring in the state.“Good ideas can come from Daggett all the way down to Dearborn,” LaFave said. “If a school had a good way to address a threat or stop an attack, we want to know how they did it and replicate it across the state. This is an important piece of the strategy to keep our schools safe and secure.”The bill requires school districts to report to the Michigan State Police about certain types of incidents at least once a year. Names and other identifying information about the people and schools involved won’t be included in the reports.LaFave’s legislation, House Bill 5851, remains under consideration in the committee.“This will be an all-hands-on-deck, bipartisan group effort on improving these bills and protecting our students and teachers,” LaFave said. “Doing nothing is not an option. We have a responsibility to our children and everyone in Michigan to strengthen the security in our school buildings. This bill increases protections for our children by raising standards when it comes to cooperation and strategic planning.”LaFave’s measure is part of a broad plan including the creation of a school safety commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools. More resources would be provided for security improvements in school buildings. The OK2SAY school safety program – where students can report safety threats or violations – would become permanent. Training for new law enforcement officers would be enhanced, and measures such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks would be required in new school construction.The bills in the package are House Bills 5828-30 and 5850-5852.