State House gives initial approval to school safety bill



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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House of Representatives has given its initial approval to a bill that would create a school safety and security unit in the state's Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1tiydcJ ) the security unit would establish and administer a comprehensive statewide school safety and security program. That includes running an anonymous tip line to let students and others report unsafe, dangerous, violent or criminal activities in schools.

The bill's supporters want to take $410,000 out of the School Foundation Program Account to pay for the five permanent full-time positions. The legislation also includes an appropriation of $225,000 to pay for equipment and software.

The proposal initially approved Monday faces two more readings in the House. It has not yet been considered by the state Senate.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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