LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- An agreement could be close on a bill that would start a grant program to help Indiana school districts hire police officers and buy safety equipment.

Indiana House and Senate negotiators have been working on the bill, and it could be passed by Friday.  That's after the House, which is controlled by Republicans, took out provisions that would have required all public schools to have employees with guns during school hours.

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Pete Miller of Avon, says a new board on school safety would not just send money along to school districts, but would work with them to improve school security.

Sen. Miller says after a House and Senate conference committee discussed the bill on Tuesday, he does not expect any problems reaching a compromise.  The Senate budget proposal includes $10 million a year toward the school grant program.

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