Senate Panel Endorses School Safety Bill

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Senate Panel Endorses School Safety Bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Senate Education Committee has endorsed a bill that would seek to improve safety in Wyoming's public schools.

House Bill 230 was approved unanimously Friday by the panel. The bill likely will go next the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The bill comes after the massacre of children in a Connecticut school late last year.

The proposal makes $2.3 million available to help school districts put police officers in schools during the next school year. It also creates a governor-appointed task force to develop school safety and security plans that districts could use.

Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Nathan Winters, of Thermopolis, says some districts can't afford to pay for so-called school resource officers.

Supporters say school resource officers are a valuable tool in stopping and preventing crime and violence in schools.

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