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Lawmaker: Let Schools Use Money On Metal Detectors
A state legislator wants to let Ohio schools use Homeland Security money to install metal detectors.
Democratic State Representative Bill Patmon has proposed a bill to help schools pay for the extra security, which he says has already been affective in Cleveland Public Schools.
â€œI see this as a security issue; Homeland Security,â€ says Patmon.
â€œRight now they’ve stopped using body scanners after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on body scanners. Clearly there is money in the federal government to protect our childrenâ€
Patmon originally proposed a bill requiring all Ohio schools to install metal detectors, but he watered the idea down to try to get more support.
The proposal faces a time crunch: the two-year legislative session ends at the end of the year, and Patmonâ€™s bill only received its first committee hearing last week.