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Florida lawmakers postpone school safety bill

The legislation contains several ideas to improve school safety
Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 17:20:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Lawmakers temporarily postponed legislation that would allow some Florida teachers to carry guns in classrooms.

The school safety legislation contains several ideas to improve school safety.

The most controversial would expand the School Guardian Program and allow trained teachers to be armed.

The bill's sponsor says teachers who volunteer for the program will undergo more than 100 hours of training.

She says the goal of the legislation is to stop a major incident at a school before it becomes another massacre.

"The guardians don't have any arrest power. They don't have police power. It is intended to be a direct response to an active shooter situation," said State Representative Jennifer Sullivan.

It's unclear when the bill will be brought up by the full House.

A similar measure in the Senate has one more committee stop before it's heard by the full chamber.

Right now, Suwannee County is the only county in our area to implement the Guardian Program.