School Sentinel bill one step closer to becoming law - KOTA Territory News

School Sentinel bill one step closer to becoming law

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South Dakota is one of 15 states to consider placing guns in the hands of teachers, janitors and trained volunteers.

Friday, a bill that would do just that steps closer to becoming a law.
 
The Senate Appropriations committee voted 5- 4 to send House Bill 1087 to the Senate floor.

The bill allows schools boards to create and supervise the arming of school employees, security personnel or volunteers.

Friday, Senators repealed a section of the bill that would allow the school boards to keep their decision to adopt the policy a secret.

Proponents of the bill say gun-free zones simply aren't working, and make easy targets for would-be shooters.

Opponents believe school boards should've had more input in forming the legislation, and that adopting the bill would create problems that don't exist yet.

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