Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 7, 2013

Pence set to approve Indiana school safety grants


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is backing plans for a state grant program to help school districts hire police officers and buy safety equipment.

The governor has scheduled a Tuesday ceremony at his Statehouse office to sign the bill approved by legislators last month. The state budget plan includes $10 million a year toward the grant program.

The bill advanced after the Republican-controlled House pulled earlier provisions that would've required all public schools to have gun-carrying employees during school hours. It also establishes a special committee to study school security issues and make recommendations by year's end.

The governor's office also says Pence on Monday signed a bill overhauling Indiana's criminal sentencing laws with the aim of sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison. Those changes will take effect in July 2014.