Tennessee’s Senate Judiciary Committee passed The School Safety Act (SB2059) unanimously Tuesday. Designed to be a simple stopgap measure, the measure would create a grant for LEAs to put more school resource officers in school this year.
“I’m honored to work with Rep. Van Huss and colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect our children,” the bill’s sponsor, Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) said in a statement. “The evidence is clear that school resource officers can deter attacks, and we need them in our schools–this year. While this is just the first step, we will keep working on legislation to strengthen school safety.”
“The School Safety Act will place armed, trained, and stable officers between our students and those who would do them harm. I am honored to work with Senator Green on behalf of Tennessee school kids to keep them safe,” Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) added.
Both Senator Green and Represenative Van Huss are combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The House bill, HB2129 has passed out of two committees and will be heard in the Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
Green is running for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). Corker will not be seeking re-election to a third term in 2018.