PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The state House of Representatives has approved three bills aimed at making Rhode Island schools safer, in response to the school shootings in Connecticut.
The measures would require lockdown drills, safety assessments of every school and annual certifications of school safety plans. The Providence Journal reports the House approved the proposals Wednesday and Thursday and sent them to the Senate.
Lawmakers say they want to improve school safety after 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in Newtown, Conn., in December.
Current state law requires 15 emergency drills a year but doesn't specify when they should be conducted. The bills spell out when those drills must be held and require students and teachers to practice locking themselves in their classrooms.
Colleges also would be required to hold safety drills.