Ohio proposal would permit barricade devices in schools

COLUMBUS (AP) — A bill that could make it easier for schools to install barricade devices on doors in emergencies has cleared an Ohio House committee.

 The proposal is directed at schools’ security efforts in case of an active shooter.

 The legislation would require Ohio’s standards board to adopt rules for schools using the devices and would prohibit the banning of such devices under the state fire code. Schools with barricades would have to provide staff members with in-service training on the use of the devices, and must maintain a record verifying the training.

 The measure is sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson in northeastern Ohio, and Rep. Heather Bishoff, a Democrat from Blacklick in suburban Columbus.

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