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Bill to arm teachers, administrators wins Oklahoma House panel's approval

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: February 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm •  Published: February 28, 2013

“It's a compromise bill trying to fill a gap where there's a need right now,” McCullough said.

Committee members passed the bill 13-1 with no debate. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide whether it will advance to the full House.

Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, voted against the measure, questioning whether it would interfere with the work being done by the Oklahoma Commission on School Security, which is expected to hold its final meeting on Tuesday. Gov. Mary Fallin has said she would reserve judgment on proposed legislation until she has the opportunity to see what the commission, headed by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, recommends.

The panel has members from various fields, including police, school and community leaders. No lawmakers are on the commission.

“Is this not kind of a slap in the face to the lieutenant governor and that commission?” Renegar asked.

“It is our job as legislators to come up with ideas, to examine policy and to research and to move vehicles (bills),” McCullough said. “This is a vehicle. If we don't get it moving in the process, then it will not be available for use later on.”