Gov. Bevin to sign School Safety and Resiliency Act into law Wednesday

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will sign the school safety bill legislators passed late last month into law on Wednesday in a ceremony in Frankfort.

Some of the measures Senate Bill 1, also called the School Safety and Resiliency Act, calls for include improving mental health services in schools, making sure every school has a resource officer and creating the role of state school security marshal to enforce school safety similarly to how the state fire marshal oversees fire safety.

Before the bill passed, the families of Preston Cope and Bailey Holt, the two students killed in the Marshall County High School shooting last year, shared their stories with lawmakers and encouraged them to pass SB 1.

“You can’t put a price on a child’s life. I would give everything that I had — all my worldly possessions — to have my son, Preston, back,” Preston Cope’s father, Brian Cope said.

Jasen Holt, Bailey Holt’s father, told lawmakers they have the power to keep students safe. “It is so heartbreaking to me that I have to worry about Lilly going to school, Maddox going to school,” he said of Bailey’s siblings. “I don’t know. It’s just, I’m counting on you guys.”

The governor’s office says Bevin is scheduled sign the bill into law at 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

At the signing, he will be joined by bill sponsor Sen. Max Wise and members of the School Safety Working Group who helped craft the bill. District 2 Sen. Danny Carroll — who represents Marshall, Ballard, Carlisle and McCracken counties — was a member of that working group.

Local 6 will have a crew at the Capitol Wednesday, and we will bring you the latest on the signing on air and online.