On Friday, Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) signed into law legislation authorizing local school boards to allow armed teachers, staff or volunteers in schools.  House Bill 1087, introduced by state Representative Scott Craig (R-33) and cosponsored by more than 25 other state legislators, passed in the state House by a 42-to 27 vote on January 29.  The state Senate approved an amended version of HB 1087 by a 21 to 14 vote on February 27, and the House concurred with the Senate amendments by a 40-19 vote on March 4.  This bill will take effect on July 1, 2013.

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