Lawmaker Discusses HB 1087: School Sentinel Program Bill

Betty Olson (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A hearing will be held Wednesday morning at the State Capitol, as lawmakers begin discussing a bill that if approved, would allow school boards in the state to arm staff and volunteers.  The legislation, House Bill 1087, would authorize school boards to set up “school sentinel programs”.  School safety has been at the center of discussion around the country following the December elementary school shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Connecticut.

One lawmaker who signed onto the proposed South Dakota legislation; District 28B Representative Betty Olson, says the bill would give school districts local control in whether they want to arm staff or not.

The Prairie City Republican says wording in the bill currently dictates that school districts wanting to start a school sentinel program would have to discuss it with local law enforcement officials first.

House Bill 1087 will be heard Wednesday morning in the House Education Committee, which begins its meeting at 7:45 a.m.

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