Senate panel backs Idaho school safety bill

Senate panel backs Idaho school safety bill

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Senate panel backs Idaho school safety bill

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 4:35 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A proposal to beef up school security with armed bus drivers, metal detectors and other options has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee signed off on a bill Tuesday that requires school districts to develop safety plans in coordination with the local sheriff.

Meridian Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn says he wants to give districts the flexibility to enact security measures appropriate for their schools and community.

The bill does not detail specific options available to schools. But Hagedorn has said he could envision schools arming teachers or bus drivers and installing metal detectors.

Boise Democrat Sen. Branden Durst raised concerns about a proposed public records exemption for the school security plans, saying it clashes with new open meeting requirements for teacher contract talks.

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