Sen. Iovino wants to restore arrest rights to sworn school police |
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Deb Erdley

A new law that stripped school police officers of the authority to make arrests and issue detention and citation orders may be on its way out the door.

The law, intended to enhance school security, passed earlier this year and accidentally stripped school police officers of powers they have had for more than 20 years. Tuesday, state Sen. Pam Iovino said she plans to introduce legislation to restore those powers.

Iovino, a freshman Democrat whose district includes portions of Allegheny and Washington counties, said she heard concerns from across the district about the negative impacts Act 67’s unintended consequences have had on school safety.

“I am hopeful for strong bi-partisan support for this common sense school safety legislation,” she said.

Iovino said the bill she plans to introduce was a carefully crafted and contains language that was developed with input from both the Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses and as well as the Fraternal Order of Police.

She said state law in effect since 1997 previously provided school police officers sworn by a judge with the right to make arrests and issues citations on school property.

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