Schools Want Higher Levies to Up Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would give Nebraska public school districts a way to gain more funding to improve school safety.

School district administrators and the National Rifle Association showed support for the measure at a Thursday hearing, saying safety updates are critical given the school shootings that have happened nationally and in Nebraska.

Omaha Sen. Rick Kolowski, the bill's introducer, says it would allow a school district the option to increase its property tax levy by 1 cent to pay for security improvements.

Kolowski says his bill would help schools hire school resource officers, update door locks and buy new security cameras without taking away from education funding.

NRA lobbyist Ron Jensen says improving school security is more likely to prevent shootings than gun control laws.

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