Gov. Greg Abbott announces school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws after Santa Fe

Gov. Greg Abbott announces school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws after Santa Fe

The Texas Tribune DALLAS – Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a southeast Texas school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page, 40-strategy plan for preventing future school shootings, and left the door open to calling lawmakers back to Austin to pass some of those priorities. Read Governor Abbott’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan "If there is consensus on some laws that could be passed, I am open to calling [a special session]," Abbott said. A special session would be a dramatic move during an election year in which he, all top state officials and a majority of lawmakers are seeking new terms. It’s even more rare given how emotionally charged — and politically divisive — issues of school safety and gun control are. Prominent Texas House Republican asks Abbott to call special session on school shootings Some lawmakers have demanded that Abbott, who has the sole authority to call and set agendas for special sessions, take such action. Most Texans responding to a poll taken before the Santa Fe shooting said they support stricter gun control laws. Much of the plan Abbott laid out Wednesday would require approval from the Texas Legislature, which will not reconvene until January 2019 unless Abbott intervenes. "This plan is a starting point, not an ending place," Abbott said in a statement. "It provides strategies that can be used before the next school year begins to keep our students safe when they return to school. This plan […]

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