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4:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Lawmakers Want To Hear From Board Head Who Approved Arming Teachers

Lawmakers want to hear from the head of a state board that voted this year to allow more than a dozen Arkansas school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met jointly with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Hutchinson said the head of the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies was supposed to meet with the committees on Tuesday. But that board's chairman, Ralph Sims, missed the meeting.

Sims said Tuesday that he had a personal conflict, but he said he will be at the next meeting if lawmakers want him there.

To make sure that happens, Hutchinson said he expects a subpoena will go out to Sims sometime this week.