Nebraska Legislators Advance School Resource Officer Bill

Nebraska Legislators Advance School Resource Officer Bill
Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks

BEATRICE – Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that seeks to provide duties in state law for school resource officers, in Nebraska.

LB 390 advanced to second round on a 34-0 vote Monday, with a Judiciary Committee amendment essentially replacing the bill.

Bill sponsor, Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks says the measure came out of an interim study this past year, where input was obtained from law enforcement and educators.

:18                  “school districts”

One issue is the handling of disciplinary issues….and whether those should be handled by school resource officers or school officials.

Pansing-Brooks says the bill would not require a district to hire a school resource officer.

:23                  “and school staff”

Legislators approved an amendment to the bill put forward by the Judiciary Committee.  Its’ Chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop says the amendment would shift state-level responsibilities over school resource officers from the Nebraska Crime Commission, to the State Department of Education.

:09                  “the school districts”

Both the amendment and bill advanced without any opposition votes.

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