Bipartisan committee appointed to address school violence in Kentucky
The leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate have appointed a special work group to study the issue of school violence and draft legislation for the 2019 session.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate have appointed a special work group to study the issue of school violence and draft legislation for the 2019 session.
“Our ultimate goal, obviously, is to do all we can as a commonwealth to make sure that our children are safe in schools,” said Rep. Bam Carney of Campbellsville, who co-chairs the group with Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville.
Senate President Robert Stivers also named Republican Senators Danny Carroll, of Paducah, and Alice Forgy Kerr, of Lexington, and Democrats Ray Jones, of Pikeville, and Johnny Ray Turner, of Prestonsburg, to the bipartisan committee.
In addition to Carney, House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne appointed Republican Representatives John Blanton, of Salyersville, and Brandon Reed, of Hodgenville, and Democrats Will Coursey, of Symsonia, and George Brown, of Lexington. There are no members from Jefferson County.
Carney, who is a teacher, said the group will work deliberately come up with solid recommendations.
“We don't want any knee-jerk reactions," he said. "We want to make sure it's a comprehensive approach that's based on best practices."
The group plans to hold hearings in Frankfort and across the state talking to security experts as well as teachers and students.
“We know that this is not an easy solution," Wise said. "We know it's not a one-fix solution. What maybe works well in Jefferson County may not be the same in Pike County."
The proposed solutions could include funding more school resource officers or creating standards for arming teachers and other school staff members.
“I think everything has to be on the table,” Carney said.
The task force holds it first meeting on Monday in Frankfort.
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