Alabama Lawmakers Meeting Today; School Safety on Agenda

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) -- State lawmakers will gather today in Montgomery to begin a conversation on how to make schools in Alabama safer.  The meeting comes less than one month since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary.

According to WHNT News 19's news partner The Huntsville Times, a wide-ranging discussion is expected.  Today's meeting is being held at the request of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

"There's nothing more important in my mind than the safety of our kids in school,"  Rep. Phil Williams, (R) - Monrovia told The Times.  "We may have differing opinions on how we're going to do this but we've got to look into a crystal ball and assume that Connecticut was not a one-time thing."  Williams is the vice-chair of the House Education Policy Committee.

Albertville lawmaker Kerry Rich has already proposed a bill that would allow teachers and administrators to carry guns.