PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state lawmaker says he’ll introduce legislation to reimburse Rhode Island public schools that conduct student safety evaluations.

Republican Rep. Kenneth Mendonca says the state should allocate $650,000 from its general fund to reimburse schools for security evaluations, which typically cost about $1,500.

He says this would help public schools make real changes to improve security for students and staff. His district includes parts of Portsmouth and Middletown.

States are working to improve school security in the aftermath of the shooting last month at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

In Kansas on Wednesday, a bill passed in the House to set aside $5 million for schools to upgrade infrastructure to slow or thwart a potential school shooter.