Armed school resource officers would be required on public school campuses statewide under a Senate bill that received final passage Friday in the Kentucky House. Caldwell County Schools already utilizes a resource officer in cooperation with the Princeton Police Department.
Senate Bill 8, which passed the Senate 34-1 last week, received final passage on a 78-8 House vote.
It now goes to the governor to be signed into law.
Caldwell County's representation in Frankfort, Rep. Lynn Bechler, R-Marion, and Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, both voted in favor of the measure.
Supporters of the legislation expect the bill to improve school safety by requiring at least one trained, sworn law enforcement officer at each public school campus in the state. Currently just over half of Kentucky's counties have SROs, according to the Kentucky Center for School Safety.
SB 8 also includes a mental health component that sets a goal of requiring each public school district to have at least one school counselor or school-based mental health provider for every 250 students beginning July 1, 2021, dependent on available funds and personnel.