- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to allow school districts to arm teachers, administrators and staff as guards is heading to the Arkansas House for a vote.

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a Senate-backed bill to abolish the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies and put its duties under the State Police.

The bill is in response to the board’s 2013 decision to allow 13 districts to continue for two years licenses classifying them as private security firms, but not accept any new applications. Then-Attorney General Dustin McDaniel had warned the licensing law the districts used for arming staff was intended for private businesses.

Under the legislation, state police must set minimum training requirements that school employees would have to meet before they would be licensed as armed guards.

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