Rep. Zemke Introduces Bill to Help Improve School Safety

Legislation would give districts more flexibility to keep students safe
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

LANSING — State Representative Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation today that would remove restrictions on certain funds, allowing school districts to invest in safety and security equipment.

“Recent years of painful funding cuts from state government have resulted in instability and unpredictability for schools, making it increasingly difficult for districts to take the steps necessary to keep students safe,” Zemke said. “This change will maintain local control while giving our schools the ability to raise the money to make schools safer.”

House Bill 4368 would affect sinking funds, which are voter-approved pools of money intended to maintain the liquid assets of a school district or other public entity. The legislation is part of what will be a bipartisan package of bills intended to help school districts and municipalities make infrastructural improvements.

Zemke introduced the bill after meeting with school officials in his district. The legislation has wide support among Zemke’s constituents.

“After the tragic events in Connecticut late last year, it’s more important than ever that we provide a safe and secure environment where children can learn,” Zemke said. “Expanding districts’ options, so that school leaders can be proactive in improving school safety, is a huge step in that direction.”