Statement Concerning the Florida Legislature’s Failure to Pass HB 7065

Stand with Parkland – The National Association of Families for Safe Schools released the following statement concerning the Florida Legislature’s failure to pass the next bill in a series of common-sense school safety laws, HB 7065, to enhance the process started by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act to better protect Florida children and school employees.

“We cannot overstate how stunned and frustrated we are to learn that our representatives failed to pass the school safety bill. It had overwhelming bipartisan support and represented the recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission created to assist Florida’s legislators to make needed changes in the wake of the tragic murder of our loved ones,” said Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto. “This bill also included recommendations from the Grand Jury looking into failures within our state’s school districts. Florida legislators failed our students, who next year will be less safe than they could and should be. Stand with Parkland has applauded their efforts over the past two years, but this failure is inexcusable.”

Governor DeSantis should consider convening a Special Session to help pass this critical legislation recommended after hundreds of hours of expert testimony and presentations on making our schools safer was heard.