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Alyssa's Law passed in the Senate, on to the House

Posted at 10:55 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 23:12:05-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A bill named after Lori Alhadeff's daughter, Alyssa, is one step closer to becoming law.

Alyssa Alhadeff was one of the 17 killed during the high school shooting two years ago in South Florida.

The bill cleared the Florida Senate Friday morning and, if the governor signs, Alyssa's Law would require public school districts install digital panic alarm systems by the start of the 2021 school year.

With a mobile app, teachers or staff could immediately reach first responders, saving precious seconds.

Alhadeff says it's been a long two years advocating for better school safety measures.

She's happy to see the bill so close to becoming law.

"We've worked so hard to get to this point," said ALhadeff. "Finally, for the vote to actually happen, for it to be unanimously voted yes, it's just incredible and amazing. I'm just so excited."

Lawmakers are planning to appropriate $8 million to pay for the bill.

If the House makes any changes, the measure will have to head back to the Senate before reaching the governor.

Alyssa’s Law will be voted on next week.