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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