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Bill aims for increased security in Ohio schools
A state legislator is asking for government funding to provide metal detectors in schools.

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One Ohio legislator wants the state to give federal Homeland Security money to Ohio schools that want metal detectors in their buildings.

Democratic State Rep. Bill Patmon, of Cleveland, has proposed a bill to let schools apply for the money.

Patmon tells Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen that metal detectors could help prevent the kinds of violent school incidents that have shaken the nation in recent years.

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Should give people the opportunity to protect their children from school shootings. It is a homeland security issue. This is a concern for schools, but school have more to focus on, in terms of educating students, so Patmon feels the state can help out. "The idea is for our homeland to be secure."

That’s state Rep. Bill Patmon, a Democrat of Cleveland. His proposal to let Ohio schools use federal homeland security money to buy metal detectors faces a time crunch.

The two-year legislative session ends when the year ends; and this proposal just received its first committee hearing last week.

Patmon originally proposed that all Ohio schools be required to install metal detectors, but he watered down the idea to try to get more support.

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