Allan Fraser

Maryland’s Legislature and Governor Come to the Rescue of Cassidy Scott and other School Children!

Blog Post created by Allan Fraser Employee on May 24, 2017

I hope that you read the article written by Lori Scott entitled “Please Rescue Cassidy” in the February issue of NFPA’s e-ACCESS. It was about her struggle to assure that her 14 year old daughter Cassidy, who uses a wheelchair, would be evacuated from her school in the event of an emergency.

 

On April 18, 2017 Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. (R) signed House Bill 1061 into law as Chapter 327, assuring that all school children in Maryland, including those with disabilities, will be safely evacuated along with their peers in all emergencies.  The bill was submitted in February of 2017 and was passed by both houses in the legislature and signed into law by the Governor in about two months.

 

 

We congratulate them for accomplishing this in such a rapid, about two months, fashion. Here’s the timeline:

History

 

Date

Chamber

Action

2017-04-18

House

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 327

2017-04-06

House

Returned Passed

2017-04-05

Senate

Third Reading Passed (47-0)

2017-04-04

Senate

Second Reading Passed

2017-04-04

Senate

Favorable Report Adopted

2017-04-03

Senate

Favorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

2017-03-29

Senate

Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m.

2017-03-15

Senate

First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

2017-03-14

House

Third Reading Passed (140-0)

2017-03-10

House

Second Reading Passed with Amendments

2017-03-10

House

Favorable with Amendments {385369/1 Report Adopted

2017-03-09

House

Favorable with Amendments Report by Ways and Means

2017-02-28

House

Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m.

2017-02-08

House

First Reading Ways and Means

 

In summary, the new law requires that the State Department of Education, on or before December 1, 2017, in consultation with disability advocacy groups, to update specified guidelines to accommodate, safeguard, and evacuate students, staff, and visitors with disabilities on public school grounds; requiring each local school system, on or before July, 2018, to update the local school system's emergency plan based on a specified update of the Department's guidelines and regulations; etc.

 

Left behind after a building fire-User was evacuated

Outcomes