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Monday, February 9, 2015

Smooth sailing for bill to abolish board that regulates security officers

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

The Senate voted 33-1 today for Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's bill to abolish the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies.

The bill puts all administrative duties in the hands of the State Police.

Back story: Hutchinson wants more guns on school grounds, where they are now prohibited, in the hands of school personnel. The regulatory board, acting on advice from the attorney general, initially resisted an effort by school districts to license school employees as security officers and thus qualify to carry guns on campus. This made legislators such as Hutchinson unhappy and the board eventually relented. Payback time nonetheless.

The bill goes to the House.

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