Amended in Assembly April 30, 2015

Amended in Assembly April 20, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 677


Introduced by Assembly Member Dodd

February 25, 2015


An act to amend Section 17075.50 of, to add Section 67387 to, and to add Articlebegin delete 4.5end deletebegin insert 2.5end insert (commencing with Sectionbegin delete 32247)end deletebegin insert 32215)end insert to Chapter 2 of Part 19 of Division 1 of Title 1 of, the Education Code, relating to school safety.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 677, as amended, Dodd. School safety: door locks.

(1) Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 (the act), requires the State Allocation Board to allocate to applicant school districts prescribed per-unhoused-pupil state funding for construction and modernization of school facilities, including hardship funding and supplemental funding for site development and acquisition. Existing law requires all new construction projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect pursuant to the act to include locks that allow doors to classrooms and rooms with an occupancy of 5 or more persons to be locked from the inside, except as specified.

This bill would additionally require modernization projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect pursuant to those provisions to include those locks, except as specified, but would apply only to modernization projects that are funded by the proceeds of bonds issued pursuant to a state bond act for school facilities that is approved by the voters at a statewide election after January 1, 2016.

This bill, no later than January 1, 2022, would require the governing board of each school district and each county superintendent of schools, for each of its schools, to equip the doors of every classroom and every room with an occupancy of 5 or more persons with locks that allow the doors to be locked from the inside, except as specified. The bill would make this provision operative upon voterbegin delete approvedend deletebegin insert approvalend insert of a state bond act for school facilities at a statewide election after January 1, 2016. By imposing new requirements on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) Existing law, the Donahoe Higher Education Act, sets forth the missions and functions of the segments of postsecondary education in this state. The California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California are the state’s 3 segments of public postsecondary education. Provisions of the Donahoe Higher Education Act only apply to the University of California to the extent that the Regents of the University of California act, by appropriate resolution, to make these provisions applicable.

This bill would provide that, when constructionbegin delete or modernizationend delete projects are undertaken at abegin delete campus orend delete facilitybegin insert on a campusend insert within its jurisdiction, the governing board of each campus of the California Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State University shall, and the Regents of the University of California are requested to, equip classrooms, offices, or other rooms where students and school staff gather with locking mechanisms, commonly known as classroom function locks, that allow the doors to be locked from the inside or equip these doors with the best alternative technology that accomplishes the same result.

To the extent that this provision would impose new duties on community college districts, it would constitute a state-mandated local program.

(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 17075.50 of the Education Code is
2amended to read:

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17075.50.  

(a) (1) All new construction projects submitted to
4the Division of the State Architect pursuant to this chapter shall
5include locks that allow doors to classrooms and any room with
6an occupancy of five or more persons to be locked from the inside.

7(2) (A) On and after January 1, 2016, modernization projects
8meeting the criteria set forth in subparagraph (B) submitted to the
9Division of the State Architect pursuant to this chapter shall include
10locks that allow doors to classrooms and any room with an
11occupancy of five or more persons to be locked from the inside.

12(B) This paragraph applies only to a modernization project that
13is funded by the proceeds of the sale of bonds issued pursuant to
14a state bond act for school facilities that is approved by the voters
15at a statewide election after January 1, 2016.

16(b) The locks shall conform to the specifications and
17requirements set forth in Title 24 of the California Code of
18Regulations.

19(c) Doors that are locked from the outside at all times and pupil
20restrooms are exempt from the requirements of this section.

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SEC. 2.  

Articlebegin delete 4.5end deletebegin insert 2.5end insert (commencing with Sectionbegin delete 32247)end delete
22begin insert 32215)end insert is added to Chapter 2 of Part 19 of Division 1 of Title 1 of
23the Education Code, to read:

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25Article begin delete4.5. end deletebegin insert2.5.end insert  Security Locks
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begin delete32247.end delete
28begin insert32215.end insert  

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, no later than
29January 1, 2022, the governing board of each school district and
30each county superintendent of schools shall, for each school within
31its jurisdiction, equip the doors of every classroom and every room
32with an occupancy of five or more persons with locks that allow
33the doors to be locked from the inside.

34(b) The locks shall conform to the specifications and
35requirements set forth in Title 24 of the California Code of
36Regulations.

P4    1(c) This section shall only become operative upon the approval
2 by the voters of a state bond act for school facilities at a statewide
3election after January 1, 2016.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 67387 is added to the Education Code, to read:

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67387.  

When constructionbegin delete or modernizationend delete projects are
6undertaken at abegin delete campus orend delete facilitybegin insert on a campusend insert within its
7jurisdiction, the governing board of each campus of the California
8Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State
9University shall, and the Regents of the University of California
10are requested to, equip classrooms, offices, or other rooms where
11students and school staff gather with locking mechanisms,
12commonly known as classroom function locks, that allow the doors
13to be locked from the inside or equip these doors with the best
14alternative technology that accomplishes the same result.

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SEC. 4.  

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
16this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
17local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
18pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
194 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



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