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Van Huss' school security bill advances, arming teachers bill dies in state House

Jordan Buie, The Tennessean • Apr 3, 2018 at 11:32 AM

NASHVILLE — A bill to arm certain teachers died in a House committee Tuesday, while another proposal allowing armed, off-duty law enforcement officers to provide security in schools advanced with bipartisan support.

The measure providing for off-duty law enforcement to provide security, sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, and Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, is known as the School Safety Act of 2018. The bill would allow sheriff's deputies and police officers and other law enforcement with Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to fill the roles.

The measure also takes the focus away from the bill that would have allowed certain trained teachers to go armed in schools. That measure is sponsored by Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, and Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald.

Van Huss said his bill has support from the Haslam administration, which has opposed the proposal to arm teachers. The governor has also committed $30 million to expand school security.

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