Friday, January 18, 2013
As a state and a nation, we have grieved alongside the families of Newtown, Connecticut, unable to understand the actions that occurred last December. Tragedies like Newton often spur moments of reflection and study. First and foremost as a father, and then as Lt. Governor, I pray Oklahoma never faces a tragedy like Newtown.
In light of recent events, the time has come for us to assess the current school security system in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Commission on School Security will provide an avenue for some of Oklahoma’s finest to collaborate towards a common goal.
Shortly after the Newtown tragedy, I joined Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and House Speaker T.W. Shannon in announcing the formation of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security. Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage and House Democratic Leader Scott Inman also agreed to work with Republican Leadership to form the non-partisan commission. With my experience as a United States Secret Service agent, and as author of the Oklahoma School Security Act during my time in the State Senate, I have been asked to chair the commission as we examine school security.
In forming the commission we have reacted in a timely fashion, being cognizant of the upcoming legislative session. The purpose of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security will be to study a number of school security factors and to provide suggestions and possible legislative recommendations for the 2013 legislative session. Some initial issues to be discussed within the commission’s study will include current school safety measures, local control and local empowerment and mental health.
Members of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security include local school personnel, law enforcement, parents and health care professionals, and are as follows:
As always, my office is open and ready to assist you in any way we can. I am excited to hear your ideas on how we can increase economic development across the state. Feel free to visit our website at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor, find us on Facebook and Twitter (@LtGovToddLamb) or call our office at 405.521.2161.