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Politics Trump would sign bill on schools, guns about to pass House: statement

17:27  14 march  2018
17:27  14 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Michigan lawmakers considering bill to arm teachers

  Michigan lawmakers considering bill to arm teachers Michigan lawmakers are considering several gun-related measures in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, including arming teachers and confiscating guns from those with mental illness.One bill would permit teachers and staff to carry firearms, the Detroit Free Press reported.President Trump has been strongly calling for arming teachers and said that if a teacher inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was armed on Feb. 14, then the gunman would have never attempted the massacre that left 17 dead.

a person standing in front of a crowd: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to speak in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Sacconne during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township © REUTERS/Joshua Roberts U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to speak in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Sacconne during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township

President Donald Trump is ready to sign legislation intended to curb school violence that was inspired by last month's mass shooting at a Florida high school, and which the House of Representatives is poised to pass later on Wednesday.

In a statement released on Wednesday the White House said the legislation would help protect children and reiterated its support for arming teachers or other school personnel. It said the bill "would be improved by eliminating the restriction on the use of funds to provide firearms training for those in a position to provide students with appropriate, armed defense."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Republican, told reporters that the chamber would pass the legislation, which would authorize $50 million a year to help schools and law enforcement agencies prevent violent attacks, on Wednesday. But with the Senate considering other legislation this week and next, any gun legislation may not reach Trump's desk before April.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Richard Cowan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Tennessee lawmakers pass 'In God We Trust' school bill .
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill to require public schools to prominently display the national motto, "In God We Trust."It would take effect immediately if Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signs it. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and cleared the House in an 81-8 vote, with both chambers controlled by Republicans.The measure requires schools to display the motto in a prominent location, either as a plaque, artwork, or in some other form.Whether this motto represents an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion is a question that has invited legal challenges in other states with similar laws.

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