HB 18 – School Metal Detectors (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_18
This bill authorizes the creation and implementation of a process for schools to apply for funding for metal detector installation. This bill does not mandate metal detectors in schools nor does it mandate schools apply for funding for metal detectors.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Patmon (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Barnes (D), Rep. Cera (D), Rep. Thompson (R), Rep. Young (R)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0018?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
While the ACLU of Ohio believes that the safety of Ohio’s students is an important issue to address, we find the reliance on metal detectors to curb violence to be a misguided and problematic legislative response. Beyond the constitutional concerns that arise with metal detectors in schools, metal detectors do not solve the underlying causes of school violence.