Bill requiring armed school officers clears legislature

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.

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