Runner's Campus Protection Bill Passes Committee
Sen. George Runner today won unanimous passage of Senate Bill 188 out of Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 188 allows administrators of educational sites, like schools and technical institutions, to file for a temporary restraining order against people who threaten a campus.
“It is simply commonsense to allow educational sites the same ability to file for a restraining order to protect the campus that businesses have to protect employees,” Runner said.
Currently, administrators are not allowed to file for restraining orders on behalf of students. In order to protect a campus, a separate restraining order must but issued for each individual on campus—which means some administrators would need to file hundreds, if not thousands court injunctions.
This bill idea came from the Western Beauty Institute, which operates out of the Antelope Valley. WBI experienced a case of student violence, and the administrator found he was unable to file for a restraining order.
"I am extremely happy that SB 188 passed Committee. It gives a new layer of protection to Colleges and universities in California. I believe that this change will go a long way to protect our students and educators from violence in the classroom and on campuses throughout the state." Said Mark Walker, Director of the Western Beauty Institute.
SB 188 passed by a unanimous 5-0 vote in Senate Judiciary Committee and moves to the Senate Floor.