S.B. No. 1556
  relating to the establishment of a school safety certification
  program and the School Safety Task Force.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 37, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 37.1081 and 37.1082 to read as follows:
  (a)  The Texas School Safety Center, in consultation with the
  School Safety Task Force established under Section 37.1082, shall
  develop a school safety certification program.
         (b)  The Texas School Safety Center shall award a school
  safety certificate to a school district that:
               (1)  has adopted and implemented a multihazard
  emergency operations plan as required under Section 37.108 and that
  includes in that plan:
                     (A)  measures for security of facilities and
                     (B)  measures for communication with parents and
  the media in the event of an emergency; and
                     (C)  an outline of safety training for school
               (2)  demonstrates to the center with current written
  self-audit processes that the district conducts at least one drill
  per year for each of the following types of drills:
                     (A)  a school lockdown drill;
                     (B)  an evacuation drill;
                     (C)  a weather-related emergency drill;
                     (D)  a reverse evacuation drill; and
                     (E)  a shelter-in-place drill;
               (3)  is in compliance with Sections 37.108(b) and (c);
               (4)  meets any other eligibility criteria as
  recommended by the School Safety Task Force.
         (c)  The certification program is abolished and this section
  expires September 1, 2017.
         Sec. 37.1082.  SCHOOL SAFETY TASK FORCE. (a)  The School
  Safety Task Force is established to:
               (1)  study, on an ongoing basis, best practices for
  school multihazard emergency operations planning; and
               (2)  based on those studies, make recommendations to
  the legislature, the Texas School Safety Center, and the governor's
  office of homeland security.
         (b)  The task force is composed of:
               (1)  the chief of the Texas Division of Emergency
  Management, or the chief's designee;
               (2)  the training director of the Advanced Law
  Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State
  University--San Marcos, or the training director's designee;
               (3)  the chairperson of the Texas School Safety Center,
  or the chairperson's designee; and
               (4)  the agency director of the Texas A&M Engineering
  Extension Service, or the agency director's designee.
         (c)  The chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management,
  or the chief's designee, shall serve as the presiding officer of the
  task force.
         (d)  A member of the task force is not entitled to
  compensation for service on the task force but is entitled to
  reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in
  performing task force duties.
         (e)  In performing the task force's duties under this section
  for schools, the task force shall consult with and consider
  recommendations from school district and school personnel,
  including school safety personnel and educators, and from first
  responders, emergency managers, local officials, representatives
  of appropriate nonprofit organizations, and other interested
  parties with knowledge and experience concerning school emergency
  operations planning.
         (f)  Not later than September 1 of each even-numbered year,
  the task force shall prepare and submit to the legislature a report
  concerning the results of the task force's most recent study,
  including any recommendations for statutory changes the task force
  considers necessary or appropriate to improve school multihazard
  emergency operations.
         (g)  The task force is abolished and this section expires
  September 1, 2017.
         SECTION 2.  Section 46.0081, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
  FACILITIES. A school district that constructs a new instructional
  facility or conducts a major renovation of an existing
  instructional facility using funds allotted to the district under
  this subchapter shall consider, in the design of the instructional
  facility, appropriate security criteria [developed by the Texas
  School Safety Center under Section 37.2051].
         SECTION 3.  Section 37.2051, Education Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1556 passed the Senate on
  April 25, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 21, 2013, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1556 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 17, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 135,
  Nays 5, three present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House