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Lawmakers open school safety bill for public opinion

Last week, Governor Robert Bentley vetoed Morrow's bill to arm volunteer educators. Last week, Governor Robert Bentley vetoed Morrow's bill to arm volunteer educators.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Lawmakers in Franklin County have opened their school safety bill for public opinion.

Last week, Governor Robert Bentley vetoed Representative Johnny Mack Morrow's bill to arm volunteer educators.

Lawmakers have re-introduced the bill and are asking for public input from the local community.

Morrow and state Senator Roger Bedford met with Franklin County superintendents and law enforcement to discuss their next move with this bill.

Local law enforcement officials will meet next week to discuss any changes they would like to see.

In the meantime, Morrow said they have set up an email account to read opinions from community members.

He hopes to read those emails on both the house and senate floor to show the need to arm volunteer teachers and staff at Franklin County schools.

Leaders say this is their only chance at protecting their students since there is not enough funding to hire additional school resource officers.

"Literally hundreds and hundreds of parents and educators have come to me expressing their opinion that they are concerned about their child's safety. They want something done. They don't want us to just sit back and do nothing and wait for something to happen in Franklin County, and I don't either," Morrow said.

If you want to weigh in on your thoughts about the bill, you can email state lawmakers at ProtectFranklinCountySchools@gmail.com.

Lawmakers are hoping to get this bill passed before this session is over.

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