Bill Requiring Armed School Officers Clears Legislature

Feb 7, 2020

Credit WKMS

Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill requiring police officers to carry weapons when assigned to schools. 

The House passed the measure on a 78-8 vote Friday. The bill now goes to Gov. Andy Beshear.

The bill previously passed the Senate. It's a follow-up to last year's sweeping school safety law, which did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon.

The new bill's efforts to bolster school counseling had widespread support. But the requirement that school-based officers —  known as school resource officers — be armed caused disagreements.