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Panel to hear bill to arm village safety officers

By Associated Press 10:46 AM March 4, 2014

The bill is supported by the state Education department.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The House Finance Committee is scheduled to take up bills proposing the arming village public safety officers and ending the high school exit examination.

A bill that would allow for village public safety officers to carry a firearm while on duty was introduced by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, a Democrat from Dillingham, in response to an officer being killed in the line of duty last year.

Rep. Pete Higgins, a Republican from Fairbanks, introduced a bill ending the high school graduation examination. Higgins maintains the test has lost its relevance over the years.

The bill is supported by the state Education department.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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