TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that will require each public school in the state to have a “panic alert system” starting in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The bill, which passed during the legislative session that ended in March, was named “Alyssa’s Law,” after Alyssa Alhadeff, a student who was among 17 people killed in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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The panic-button systems will be required to link to local law enforcement agencies, with a goal of improving coordination and reducing response times by first responders during emergencies.

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DeSantis did not publicly comment about the bill Tuesday, but House and Senate sponsors announced that he had signed it.

“In the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, milliseconds mattered — and the lack of real-time coordination between first responders likely cost precious lives,” Senate sponsor Lauren Book, D-Plantation, said.

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