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INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed Senate Enrolled Act 1, which defines training requirements for school resource officers and establishes a grant program to assist schools in enhancing their security.
That's according to a news release from Gov. Pence's office.
"We have no higher priority than ensuring the safety of our children," Pence said in the release. "In combination with our administration's school safety working group, the legislation I sign today will provide new resources to make our schools safer so our teachers can focus on education and our kids can simply be kids."
SEA 1 outlines required training for school resource officers and establishes the Secured School Safety Board to evaluate local safety plans and develop best practices for school resource officers. The legislation also provides matching grants of up to $50,000 to assist schools in conducting threat assessments and purchasing safety equipment and technology.
Senators Pete Miller (R), Jim Arnold (D), and Ed Charbonneau (R) authored the legislation. Senators Johnny Nugent (R), Thomas Wyss (R), Lindel Hume (D), Pat Miller (R), Sue Landske (R), and Lonnie Randolph (D) co-authored it.
Representative Jerry Torr (R) sponsored SEA 1, and Representatives Greg Steuerwald (R), Linda Lawson (D), Robert Behning (R), Woody Burton (R), Sean Eberhart (R), David Frizzell (R), Doug Gutwein (R), Richard Hamm (R), Jim Lucas (R), and Alan Morrison (R) co-sponsored the bill.