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Arizona senator proposes school safety bill

PHOENIX — Republican state Sen. Rich Crandall and Pinal County Sheriff
Paul Babeu want to take money from the state’s Clean Elections process and use
it to add more school resource officers.

Crandall and Babeu said they can add nearly 300 armed officers in schools,
improve mental health assessment so threats are identified and expand school
guidance counseling with $30 million.

The plan’s money mostly goes for armed campus officers among the state’s
2,200-plus schools. Taking the money from Clean Elections requires voter

The Republicans’ proposal is the latest designed to address school violence in
the wake of December’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Attorney General Tom Horne wants to arm principals, and Democrats have a plan
to increase school resource officers and add guidance counselors and mental
health treatment.


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