INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's governor is asking legislators to approve an additional $5 million toward school security grants.
Gov. Eric Holcomb's office released a letter Friday seeking the money for the Indiana Secured Safety Grant Program. It was started in 2013 after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut and currently has a $9 million annual budget to help schools buy safety equipment or hire police officers.
The letter says the most recent round of grant applications requested $3.5 million more than was available.
Legislator leaders say approval for moving the money from state reserves can be done before the legislative session ends next week.
The new funding request comes as Indiana has seen dozens of copycat school threats since the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Indiana governor seeks $5 million to boost school security
- Indiana governor calling special legislative session
- Indiana governor signs bill mandating abortion information
- Indiana governor remains against legalizing marijuana
- Indiana superintendent criticized for letter seeking prayers
- Holcomb wants to boost funding for school safety
- Jay School Corporation developing comprehensive security plan
- Holcomb suggests another boost for teacher pay
- Indiana gets $400K to boost water quality in Lake Erie basin
- Indiana State Fair kicks off with added security measures