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      Lawmakers focus on safety drills in Michigan schools

      Michigan schools would conduct one extra lockdown drill and one fewer fire drill a year under legislation approved in the state House.

      Michigan schools would conduct one extra lockdown drill and one fewer fire drill a year under legislation approved in the state House.

      Republican Rep. Joseph Graves of Linden said Wednesday that his bill also would require school districts to post documentation of completed disaster safety drills on their websites within five school days.

      House Bill 4713 was introduced after MLive.com reported school safety laws were routinely ignored and state officials didn't know the scope of the problem. It's backed by a task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder after the school massacre in Connecticut.

      Ten safety drills would be required annually: five fire drills instead of six, two tornado drills and three lockdown drills rather than two.

      The legislation approved 82-26 moves to the Senate.