Superintendent Arntzen’s Statement on the Signing of Senate Bill 132 Into Law
May 7, 2019
HELENA—Senate Bill 132, the Student Safety Accountability Act, was signed into law today after receiving unanimous support from the Montana Senate and passing the Montana House 98-1. The Office of Public Instruction was an earlier proponent of Senate Bill 132, which criminalizes sexual relationships between students and teachers while also holding school officials accountable if they assist an employee or former employee in finding new employment if they have reason to believe that person engaged in sexual misconduct with a student.
“When parents send their children off to school each day they trust that it is a safe environment. I am pleased that Senate Bill 132 has been signed and that our state laws now reflect that trust,” said State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “I want to thank Montana’s Legislators and the Governor for putting the safety of Montana students first this legislative session. I will continue working every day to protect student safety and keep predators out of our classrooms.”
Senate Bill 132 was sponsored by Senator Keith Regier (R) of Kalispell and carried by Representative Shane Morigeau (D) of Missoula in the House. Outside of advocating for education funding, the OPI made bipartisan student safety policy its top priority this legislative session.
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