Texas Shooting May Spur School Security Bill

st. paul, minn. (ap) - Republican party leaders say they may move quickly to pass a $28 million bill for security upgrades at Minnesota schools after the latest school shooting in Texas.

That additional funding has been part of the plan since the session began in February. But Republicans had planned to include it as part of a broader budget package before a midnight Sunday deadline.

But Gov. Mark Dayton has pressed lawmakers to send him a separate bill. Hours after the latest deadly shooting at a Santa Fe high school, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the Legislature may pass such a bill later Friday.

The money allows schools to fund security upgrades like bulletproof glass and secure doors as well as increase mental health resources. House Speaker Kurt Daudt says the money will go out to schools at the same time no matter what approach the Legislature takes.

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