Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ohio Senate Committee Chairs Announce School Safety Hearing Schedule

STATEHOUSE- Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Senate Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs Chair Frank LaRose (R-Copley) today announced the schedule for the Senate school safety hearings. The panel will be comprised of both of the Senate Standing Committees chaired by Senators Lehner and LaRose.

The joint hearings were announced on January 30, 2013 by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina). You can view President Faber's announcement here.

The schedule will be as follows:

Hearings focusing on prevention and mental health will be chaired by Senator Lehner. The hearings will be held at the following times:

February 12, 2013 at 7:00pm
February 26, 2013 at 7:00pm

Hearings focusing on security, school infrastructure, law enforcement response, training, and all aspects pertaining to protection will be chaired by Senator LaRose. The hearings will be held at the following times:

March 5, 2013 at 7:00pm
March 12, 2013 at 7:00pm

Professionals in the fields of education, public safety, and mental health as well as parents and all interested Ohioans are encouraged to participate and share ideas. The committee is seeking the input from a wide range of individuals who would like to share their ideas and expertise. If you would like to participate in the hearings, or if you would simply like to share your ideas, you can contact or join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #OHSafeSchools.

All hearings will be held in the Senate Finance Hearing Room. Audio and video recording as well as photography will be permitted at the discretion of the Co-Chairs. Please contact their offices prior to the hearing.