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State senator thinks bill to strengthen school security in Alabama will pass

Alabama Legislature (FOX10 File Photo) Alabama Legislature (FOX10 File Photo)

Strengthening school security following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida is high on the to-do list of government officials across the nation. 
Alabama Senator Trip Pittman of Baldwin County is proposing the use of leftover education tax revenue inside an already established Advancement and Technology Fund to also provide money for school security.

"That fund has tens of millions of dollars in it and so i thought it would be pretty easy just to amend that legislation so that in addition to the current areas where the money can be used, that it would be clear that they could also use that for security in the schools. It would be up to local school boards to decide how they would like to do that," Senator Pittman said.

The fund is currently used for repairs and maintenance, classroom instructional support, transportation and education technology and equipment. Under Pittman's proposed senate bill 323, individual school systems could choose to add resources like metal detectors, stronger doors and enhanced video monitoring.

"This will just add the ability of the different school systems and individual schools to be able to do even a better job of making sure that the children you send to school in the morning will be able to come home in the afternoon," Pittman said.

The bill is currently in the senate pending further action but Senator Pittman says he expects the bill will have unanimous support in the legislature. He says Governor Kay Ivey has already given her support. 

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