FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill requiring police officers to carry weapons when assigned to schools.
The House passed the measure on a 78-8 vote Friday.
The bill now goes to Gov. Andy Beshear.
The bill previously passed the Senate.
It’s a follow-up to last year’s sweeping school safety law, which did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon.
The new bill’s efforts to bolster school counseling had widespread support. But the requirement that school-based officers – known as school resource officers – be armed caused disagreements.