"I'm disappointed we haven't gotten more done on school safety," the governor told Capitol Media Services, citing additional funding for counselors and school resource officers. "I definitely think more needs to be done."
That "more" is Ducey's proposal to allow judges to issue a Severe Threat Order of Protection, requiring people to submit to mental evaluations. It even would permit, under certain circumstances, for courts to order police to immediately pick up that person and, with a court order, have them held for up to 14 days.
"We think the STOP order is a good idea," the governor said.
But Charles Heller, spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League, called the proposal both unnecessary and dangerous.
Heller said existing provisions in the mental health code allow a court to order an evaluation of someone determined to be a danger to self or others. The difference, he said, is that there is clear notice to the person.