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Indiana House dumps proposal for armed school staffers

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 5:30 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House has pulled the plug on a proposal that aimed to have all the state's public and charter schools consider having gun-carrying employees at their schools.

House members in a voice vote approved without dissent a Republican amendment that stripped mentions of the armed employees proposal from a bill on school security. The amendment added a provision for a new state school safety board to review training and other issues surrounding the possibility of arming school staffers and submit a report to the Legislature.

Republican and Democratic legislators applauded after the vote that diffused an issue that first emerged last week when a House committee advanced a proposal that would've required all schools to authorize armed employees such as teachers or principals.