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New law will specify when schools must conduct emergency drills


LANSING (WKZO) -- Governor Rick Snyder this week signed into law some legislation designed to improve safety in schools. State Representative Joe Graves, of Genesee County, says that his legislation would require schools to conduct five fire safety drills spread throughout the school year, and also involve two tornado safety drills, including one in March. It would also increase lockdown drills, like those used in the event of an intruder entering the school from two to three a year. Graves also says the information about how all the drill go would be available to the public.

"It's not just when the drills would take place," Graves said. "It's also about the transparency of the reporting process on when you actually conduct the drills. Instead of there being a two or three page report that will go in somebody's desk drawer and no one will ever see again, now it goes online, and everybody knows."

Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation on Tuesday.