LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has put off a vote on a bill requiring schools in the state to receive active shooter training due to concerns about how it would be funded.
The House delayed consideration of the Senate-approved bill on Wednesday after some members said they are concerned the measure would be an unfunded mandate for schools. The bill would require schools to send designated employees to the state's Criminal Justice Institute for training. It would also require schools to annually conduct active shooter drills on their campuses.
Republican Sen. Missy Irvin sponsored the bill and said the training would cost about $650,000 and would only be required if the Legislature authorized the funding. She said she's confident lawmakers could find the money given the state's projected $300 million surplus.
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