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The North Dakota House on Friday passed a bill that would allow school districts to develop school safety plans and collect additional property taxes to fund them.

The House passed Senate Bill 2052 by a margin of 55-31, and, earlier this year passed in the Senate by a vote of 43-3. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Doug Burgum for his signature.

The measure would allow districts to assess five mills for the school safety plan, which would be deposited into a special fund.

Left to the discretion of the district and electors, the funding could be used to cover the salary of a school resource officer, install security cameras, door locks or hire a mental health professional.

The school safety plan must be approved by a majority of voters in a regular or special school district election and it would be reauthorized every five years.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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