The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 7, 2013

House won't override school safety bill veto


Associated Press

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House has voted to uphold Gov. Robert Bentley's veto of a bill to allow teachers and other school personnel to train as reserve sheriff's deputies.

The bill was a school safety measure by Democratic Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay. After training, the teachers could carry firearms in school as protection against shooting incidents.

Morrow says law enforcement officials and educators in his northwest Alabama county had endorsed the measure.

The vote Thursday to override the veto was 39-1. That was short of the 63 votes needed to override in the majority Republican House.

The Republican governor says he vetoed the bill because it did not specify what training school personnel would need.

Morrow says a new bill he introduced Thursday addresses Bentley's concerns.