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Bill requiring armed school officers clears Kentucky Senate

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 11:40:02-05

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. 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 be armed.

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