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Van Huss introduces bipartisan bill enabling off-duty police to work in schools

Zach Vance, Johnson City Press • Mar 1, 2018 at 11:28 AM

In response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting earlier this month, a Jonesborough state legislator released bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would enable off-duty, trained law enforcement officers to voluntarily work security at Tennessee public schools.

Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, along with Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, unveiled the School Safety Act of 2018 during a press conference at the Cordell Hull Building.

Van Huss’ bill would allow school systems to choose whether to participate in the law enforcement security program, but lawmakers cautioned that the legislation isn’t meant to be a permanent fix, as it would sunset in July 2022.

“I just sat down and thought through the process. It just seemed like common sense, and it seemed like what we needed to do,” Van Huss said by phone.

For more on this story, visit the Johnson City Press.

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