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Walker Introduces School Safety Bills, Calls Special Session

Gov. Scott Walker is calling a special session to pass school safety legislation. Gov. Scott Walker is calling a special session to pass school safety legislation. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Updated: March 15, 2018 12:13 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Senate Republicans apparently aren't sold on Gov. Scott Walker's school safety legislation.

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Walker introduced legislation Thursday designed to enhance campus safety, in part by creating $100 million in new school grants. Other bills in the package would require the Office of School Safety to use trauma-informed care principals in any training it offers, require schools to bolster safety plans and allow schools to share live video streams with police without violating student privacy laws.

Walker called a special session for the Legislature to take up the bills. The Assembly plans to address them sometime next week in a one-day special session.

But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued a statement saying his chamber would take up its own school safety plan in regular session on Tuesday. Fitzgerald said the plan will "closely align" with Walker's bills. He didn't offer any details.

The same bill must pass both houses before Walker can sign it into law. The Senate's decision to take up something different than Walker's bill would create delays or prevent anything from getting to his desk.

The legislation doesn't impose any gun restrictions or mandate teachers arm themselves.

The Senate's top Democrat, Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling issued, a news release accusing Walker of ignoring student pleas for gun control. She said the legislation does nothing to improve background checks or keep domestic abusers from obtaining guns. She said failing to address gun control will only lead to more tragedy.

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