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School Security Bill Passed

March 26, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A laboratory that designs components for nuclear weapons would make its security technology available to schools under a bill the Senate hastily passed Thursday in reaction to a number of school shootings.

The measure would open a School Security Technology Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. It could receive up to $10 million a year for grants to help share with schools security technology developed at the multipurpose laboratories owned by the Department of Energy.

Some of the technology includes electronic ID cards, tamper-resistant video cameras, anti-theft equipment that could be used for books, musical instruments and gymnasium equipment and warning systems to help prevent false fire alarms.

A false alarm was used Tuesday to lure pupils outside in the Jonesboro, Ark., shootings.

The bill, by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is attached to a midyear spending bill. It also must pass the House and be signed by President Clinton.

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