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Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness (access required)

Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Two bills aimed at getting dangerous mentally ill people off the street have passed their respective chambers. One addresses violent offenders being released because they cannot be restored to competency. The other allows a police officer to take a person who is a danger to himself or others into custody for a mental evaluation based on the observations of witnesses or the officer’s own observations.

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Crandall offers new school security proposal (access required)

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Sen. Rich Crandall, a Mesa Republican, jumped into the school security fray today by announcing a proposal to raid extra Clean Elections funds to pay for more cops in schools and provide training for armed teachers and training school counselors to identify mentally unstable students.

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Campbell offers comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence (access required)

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House Minority Leader Chad Campbell’s ideas for preventing a mass school shooting in Arizona include more cops in schools, more money pumped into the public-health system and stricter gun laws.

With a school resource officer and an award winning school counselor to help him make his case at a Jan. 9 press conference, Campbell said the cost of his 12-point plan would be $261 million. That would come from cutting a prized school-choice program favored by Republicans - the School Tuition Organization tax credit – as well as changes to tax laws and money from a $676 million budget surplus.

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