North Carolina House leader creating school safety panel

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leader of the North Carolina House plans a new committee to study what changes could be made to improve school safety.

The announcement Friday by a spokesman for House Speaker Tim Moore comes two days after a school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead. Joseph Kyzer says the bipartisan panel — with members announced next week — will examine current safety standards and procedures in North Carolina’s K-12 schools to “ensure the highest level of safety.”

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The committee would make recommendations to the full House, which next returns for session in May.

The North Carolina legislature passed laws following a 2012 Connecticut school shooting designed to beef up school security and emergency response requirements. They included annual safety exercises and school panic alarms.