|By Ann Marie Bush; Ann Marie Bush [email protected]|
While joining the consortium and allowing weapons into public buildings on campus were two separate items on ICC board's agenda, "there is a sense in which they connect," said ICC president
The three community colleges all have
Barwick began looking for other options and found the broker IMA would offer competitive prices.
Because of a competitive bid,
"I truly believe when the word gets out that there is an option, that this team will be joined by K-12, municipalities and universities across
Trustees on Thursday night took up the issue of whether the college should apply for a four-year extension by submitting a letter to the attorney general's office. The extension would allow a college to study whether concealed-carry should be allowed in public buildings on campus.
After a "tremendous amount of discussion," the trustees decided to not file for the extension, Barwick said.
Trustees also voted to join the consortium to lower rates.
While NCC also joined the consortium, the college has opted to file for the four-year extension, Inbody said.
The three colleges are "purchasing one giant policy," Barwick said. The consortium members will "realize a modest savings" in the first year, but as more groups join, the savings will grow.
Wright Speciality is handling the liability insurance for the consortium and has a neutral stance on concealed-carry, Barwick said.
"We won't be penalized," he said.
The new law takes the responsibility of protection on campus from the college and transfers it to the public, Barwick said. He also said the way he understands the law, if a concealed-carry incident takes place on campus, the person with the license would be responsible, not the college.
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