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Gov. Bevin Ceremonially Signs School Safety Bill

Posted at 12:00 PM, Mar 27, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– Governor Matt Bevin ceremonially signed the recently passed School Safety Bill into law Wednesday in Frankfort.

The state Senate passed Senate Bill 1 late last month in a 37 to 0 vote.

It cleared the House of Representatives on a 96 to 3 vote a day earlier.

The bill calls for the creation of a statewide school safety marshal, police officers in every school, and at least one counselor for every 250 students.

The measure was created in response to the Marshall County High School shooting. Preston Cope and Bailey Holt were the two students killed in that shooting.

After signing the School Safety Bill, Bevin handed copies to the families of Cope and Holt.

Brian Cope, Preston Cope’s dad, brought his son’s baseball glove with him to the signing.

“I wanted to bring a piece of Preston and this was his high school glove. He designed it. It meant a lot to him. He used it every day. When I just put my hand in it, I feel like I’m holding his hand. I wanted a piece of him to be here I know he’s here in spirit,” he said.