One month to the day since 17 people were killed in a shooting in Parkland, the U.S. House approved a bill to improve school safety.
- STOP School Violence Act of 2018 had bipartisan support
- Bill provides $500M over 10 years for crisis training, metal detectors
- Federal bill doesn't raise age to purchase from 18 to 21
- RELATED: Gov. Scott signs gun reform bill; NRA sues the state
- READ the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 here
The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 had bipartisan support and passed 407-10 on Wednesday.
It's the first gun-related action taken by Congress since the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
One thing the bill does not cover is any gun-related provisions.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already signed a controversial bill that, among other things, would raise the age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21 and would allow some teachers to be armed.
However, the House bill doesn't go that far. Instead, it attempts to prevent school violence by providing funding for things such as creating an anonymous reporting system and mental health crisis training, plus adding money for more deterrents like metal detectors.
The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years to fund the initiatives.
Some Democrats have criticized it for not doing enough, but Republicans praised what it's doing.
"The STOP School Violence Act directly addresses flaws in the system that failed to prevent violence in schools. It's a historic involvement of a billion dollars in school safety infrastructure, training for the entire school ecosystem, formation of crisis intervention teams with mental health professionals, better coordination between schools and law enforcement," said Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Florida Rep. John Rutherford, a former Jacksonville sheriff, sponsored the bill, which now goes to the Senate.