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

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.