Sen. Barbara Boxer introduces two bills in response to Newtown

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer today introduced two bills as part of what her office dubbed a “comprehensive response” to the massive school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The School Safety Enhancements Act would lower the local match required to secure the federal Justice Department’s existing COPS Secure Our Schools grants, which allow local administrators to install tip lines, security equipment and other safety measures.

Locals currently have to provide a 50 percent to get the federal money. Boxer’s bill would lower it to 20 percent for schools “with limited resources,” according to her office.

The second bill, dubbed the Save Our Schools (SOS) Act, would let the federal government reimburse state governors who decide to use National Guard troops in providing safe school sites.

“When our children and our grandchildren are at school, we must have faith that they are safe,” Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, said in a statement today.

“This legislation will help state and local officials protect our children by utilizing all of the law enforcement tools at our disposal.”

Boxer earlier said it was “long past time that we enacted sensible gun laws and school safety legislation.”

Twenty children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School during Friday’s shooting. The gunman also killed his mother before shooting himself.