INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate is revising a bill that would provide money to help schools hire more armed guards in the wake of the deadly shooting in Connecticut.
Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said a new version of Senate Bill 1 should be ready to go by mid-February. Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, originally authored the bill with help from Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
Long said the bill is still going through changes, adding that it would still focus on helping schools stop outside threats.
“We are basically rewriting it to be a kind of bill where it protects the schools on an external basis from external threats and trying to incorporate legislation and statutes that we already have in place so that we aren’t duplicating what’s already out there, but maybe coordinating it better,” he said.
The bill could give schools universal safety plans and grant money to help enhance school security. Long acknowledged that many urban school districts have police officers and said the bill could help rural schools provide for similar protection.
Long also said lawmakers would take out certain parts of the bill that focused on internal issues like bullying.