Idaho Lawmakers Advance School Safety Bill
March 15, 2013
BOISE, Idaho (AP) Senators voted nearly unanimously for a bill aimed at making Idaho schools safer by requiring districts to confab with their local sheriff to identify vulnerabilities and craft new security plans.
The measure cleared the chamber 33-1 Thursday and heads to the House.
Under the measure from GOP Sen. Marv Hagedorn, it would be up to elected county sheriffs and school trustees to create the plans.
Hagedorn says these plans could eventually include allowing teachers and bus drivers to carry firearms.
Democratic Sen. Branden Durst of Boise was the lone lawmaker to vote against the bill.
Durst doesn't believe the list of those crafting the plans is complete.
He wanted senators to require that a teacher representative as well as the district superintendent be allowed to participate in the security talks.