Lawmakers to introduce school safety legislation

Walker set to introduce bills 'soon'

MADISON, Wis. - Democrats released a package of school-safety bills Tuesday, just a few days before Gov. Scott Walker is set to introduce a set of his own.

When asked when he'll introduce legislation, Walker spokesperson Amy Hasenberg said "soon."

Hasenberg previously told News 3 that Walker sees mental health services in schools as a priority. The governor also came out against arming teachers.

State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos released a statement saying he'd "welcome" a call from Walker to hold a special session to pass school-safety bills.

Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, said he's been talking to the governor's office about the school-safety package.

"We're looking at hardening our schools' broken borders," Wanggaard said. "Arming or having armed security personnel within the building -- I think that's a great idea for retired law enforcement."



Rep. Sondy Pope, D-Mt. Horeb, introduced school-safety bills that she said address "the culture" in schools, as opposed to gun-safety laws.

"We're missing school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses," Pope said. "It does have a long-term effect on the school environment."

Like Walker, she sees mental health as a priority. She's also pushing for schools to be able to exceed the revenue limit so they can add security measures.

"We want to be able to allow those particular districts to address their security needs in terms of audio,  visual -- that sort of thing -- on doors that are locked and secured," Pope said.

Wisconsin students joined in a national school walkout Wednesday to demand tougher gun safety regulations following a Florida school shooting. 

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