SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to allow public schools to install bolt locks on classroom doors for use during school lockdowns.

The Deseret News reports the Utah Legislature’s Senate Education Committee on Tuesday endorsed the bill sponsored by state Sen. Todd Weiler.

The Republican senator says current building and fire codes prohibit the use of these locks in schools. Weiler says his bill does not require schools to install the locks, and it does not provide funding.

State Fire Marshal Coy Porter says may classrooms have single locks on doors. He says his main concern is that the locks could be improperly used by students to barricade classrooms.

Porter says there are some locks that have tools enabling the doors to be unlocked from the outside.


Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com