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Indiana House votes to approve school safety grants

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A stripped-down school security proposal that would start a state grant program to help school districts hire police officers and buy safety equipment has been approved by the Indiana House.

Representatives voted 86-6 Monday in favor of the bill after provisions that would've required all public schools to have gun-carry employees during school hours were pulled from it last week.

That proposal was shelved after questions were raised about training standards and the safety of having non-police officers carrying guns in schools.

The Senate must still agree to having a new state school safety board review training and other issues surrounding the possibility of arming school staffers and submit a report to the Legislature by December.

The Senate has proposed spending $10 million a year on the safety grant program.




Posted 4/15/2013