Section 9 of Chapter 15A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following new subsection after subsection (gg):-
(hh) In order to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff on college campuses, the council shall have the power to require the issuance of firearms and any other safety equipment it deems necessary to campus police officers employed by the commonwealth and working on the campuses of state colleges, community colleges and universities. The decision to issue firearms and other safety equipment shall be binding regardless of any past or future vote to the contrary by a board of trustees.
Chapter 15A is further amended in Section 22 by inserting the following in the first sentence after the word authority:-
"except in matters related to public safety on campus pursuant to subsection (hh) in Section 9 of this chapter."
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