Bill requiring armed school officers clears Kentucky Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate has passed legislation to require that police officers be armed when assigned to schools.

The bill cleared the Senate on a 34-1 vote Monday and now goes to the House.

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The measure is a follow-up to last year’s sweeping school safety law. That law did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon.

The new legislation would add the requirement that all school-based officers, known as school resource officers, be armed.

Under the new measure, at least one officer would be assigned to each school campus