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Oklahoma House easily passes 3 school security bills

Published: April 11, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed three bills meant to boost school safety following the deadly school shooting last year at a Connecticut elementary school.

The three proposals would create a school safety institute with the state's Office of Homeland Security and tell schools to share emergency plans with local responders and report any firearms found. All passed with at least 85 of the chamber's 101 members voting for it. They now go the governor to be signed into law.

The bills are among several proposals recommended by a school safety commission convened by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb after 20 schoolchildren were killed in a shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., last year.

A handful of opponents to the measures suggested the bills would be ineffective or too redundant with current laws.