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      New bill may allow arming school workers

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      {} {} A state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would allow schools to arm certain employees.{} {} Republican state Rep. Kerry Rich of Albertville says he believes the plan would stop violent incidents similar to the Connecticut elementary school shooting. {}Rich says he hopes to pre-file his bill before the Legislature begins its 2012 session on Feb. 5.{} {} The lawmaker says he expects his plan and others will be discussed at a meeting Jan. 9 with legislators, law enforcement and education officials about responding to school violence.{} {} Rich says his bill would be focused on schools that can't afford to hire resource officers.

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