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NY Senate OKs more funds for school security, armed police

The NYS Senate is set to pass a package of school safety measures aimed at strengthening security and helping to keep students safe.

Posted: Mar 5, 2018 8:40 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Senate has voted to increase state funding to help schools pay for armed police and security upgrades.

Other bills endorsed by the Senate Monday would mandate two annual active-shooter drills and set aside money for mental health services coordinators in local schools.

Another measure would change criminal penalties to make the criminal discharge of a gun within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship eligible to be considered a terrorist act.

The bills came from members of the Senate's Republican majority, who called them common-sense responses to incidents like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Democrats complained that the bills ignore access to firearms and tried unsuccessfully to add stronger background checks and other gun restrictions.

The legislation now moves to the Democrat-controlled Assembly.

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3/5/2018 6:16:11 PM (GMT -5:00)

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