Alyssa’s Law/A764 addresses the issue of law enforcement response time when a life-threatening emergency occurs. The law calls for the installation of warning lights and a panic alarm in all New Jersey schools to provide the fastest possible support during a code red. In a code red, every second counts. The law does not impact state revenues as it would be funded by the proceeds of bonds issued under the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act.
The bill was released from the Assembly Education Committee March 12, 2018 and has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
NJ residents, to support the bill, reach out to local legislators in the Senate and Assembly and ask them to sign on as a sponsor of S365/A764. Contact your local legislator here.
Read the bill here.
On February 6, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed A764, also known as “Alyssa’s Law”, requiring all New Jersey public schools to install silent panic alarms that will alert law enforcement during emergencies such as an active shooter, or to employ an alternative emergency mechanism approved by the Department of Education. “Alyssa’s Law” will become a state requirement for all public elementary and secondary schools.