INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted 16-7 in favor of the bill that will require schools to have armed school protection officers.
Lawmakers added a waiver process that will require schools to annually opt out of the mandate and a local school safety board t approve the waiver.
No one would know which schools had the armed guards and which didn't because the waivers would remain confidential.
According to the bill, a school protection officer could be a person, teacher or school employee who has volunteers and undergone additional training. The bill sets up a plan for the state to begin offering grants to help leaders of public schools hire police officers and buy safety equipment.
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