TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida legislators are making it official: They will not go along with Gov. Rick Scott's push to get school districts an additional $58 million to hire more campus police officers.
Scott in late August asked that legislators shift the money from the state's guardian program. Under that program school districts were eligible to receive money to train school staff to act as armed guardians on school campuses. Most districts, however, have opted to hire school resource officers.
Sen. Bill Galvano on Friday wrote a letter to Scott explaining why he did not support the governor's request. The Bradenton Republican is the incoming president of the state Senate.
Legislators set aside additional money for school resource officers and the guardian program in the aftermath of the shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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