The New Mexico House of Representatives has given its approval to setting side some $25 million in the next 5 years to fund school facility security enhancements.
House Bill 130, which passed 60 to 0 in the lower chamber, would move funding from the state’s Public Schools Facilities Authority to pay for such things as perimeter gates, fences, vestibules, door locks, and campus checkpoints.
According to the measure, as proposed by Representative Paul Bandy, $5 million a year between fiscal years 2019 and 2023, would be reserved for “school security system repairs, renovations and replacements.”
The measure, with its companion legislation in the Senate introduced by Senator George Munoz, would allow the Facilities Authority to review grant applications from New Mexico’s 146 school districts, with subsequent public hearings being used to help rank the proposed projects.
The bill is now before the Senate Finance Committee.
According to a study published in December by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, some 38 states currently have established funding sources for school facility security projects.
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