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Ohio Governor Signs Bill Allowing Armed School Employees

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that will allow employees at schools to be armed, after completing mandatory training. The law could start to be implemented as early as this fall.

The law, as enacted, requires up to 24 hours of training before an employee can go armed, and up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must be approved by the Ohio School Safety Center, and DeWine announced he’s ordering the center to require the maximum 24 hours and the maximum eight hours.

via apnews.com

In addition to arming employees, the bill also outlines many other safety measures, including $100 million for upgrades to school security, and $5 million for upgrades at colleges across the state.

28 employees are also being added to the school safety center that will work with school districts on safety issues, and to help provide training based on the new laws.

Additionally, the state is providing $1.2 billion in funding for schools to help address mental health issues.

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