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New bill would make money available for school security upgrades

Following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, a Maine lawmaker is trying to make sure money is available to make school security upgrades in the state. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, a Maine lawmaker is trying to make sure money is available to make school security upgrades in the state.

Democratic Senator Rebecca Millett says the bill she's working on would make sure funding is there to make those renovations.

She says current statute lacks clarity as to what qualifies as "safety," and this legislation would make it clear that security upgrades or installations are eligible.

She says the majority of Maine's schools are old, and in need of improvements to keep children safe.

“I know for some schools it's the matter of locking mechanisms on exterior doors, some schools have locking system within each classroom, they can also have the intercom systems," Millett said.

Senator Millett says this could also include bullet proof glass on the exterior.

She and supporters say this is only one solution in protecting kids.

The bill heads into a work session next.

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