School Security Bill Passes House Committee With Added Waiver Process (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM EDT

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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