Required Armed School Safety Officer Mandate Thrown Out

By Emma Koch

Required Armed School Safety Officer Mandate Thrown Out

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- House Republicans initially fueled the measure and Thursday the same caucus pushed for the removal of the armed school protection officer requirement.

Both Democrats and Republicans accepted an amendment to remove the requirement of a armed school protection officer in every school. Now the issue will be left with a state school safety board that was created through the legislation. Recommendations are set to come before December 1.

"We are moving very, very rapidly with the bill as currently written," said Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. “We don’t want to hurt someone with an unintended consequence.”

The House Education Committee (9-3) and the House Ways and Means Committee (16-7) had voted in favor of the bill earlier this month. The House Education Committee added the amendment requiring armed officers in all public schools and four days later the House Ways and Means Committee added a waiver process where school could opt-out of the mandate.

Senate Bill 1, which still contains a provision on school resource officers, now moves for a vote by the House.

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