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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The House Finance Committee is scheduled to take up bills proposing the arming village public safety officers and ending the high school exit examination.

A bill that would allow for village public safety officers to carry a firearm while on duty was introduced by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, a Democrat from Dillingham, in response to an officer being killed in the line of duty last year.

Rep. Pete Higgins, a Republican from Fairbanks, introduced a bill ending the high school graduation examination. Higgins maintains the test has lost its relevance over the years.

The bill is supported by the state Education department.

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