Unlike some newspaper headlines this morning, the Texas House of Representatives late last night passed a version of Guns On Campus. The significant compromise was that each campus would adopt a plan by which specific areas will be included/excluded from the concealed weapons requirements. Health Centers will be prohibited from concealed weapons.
TACT respectfully joins the following list of organizations and individuals opposed to permitting the carrying of guns on Texas college campuses, concealed or open carry.
Texas State Faculty
Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators
American Association of State Colleges
Faculty Council of the University of Texas-Austin
Texas Council of Faculty Senates
University of Texas-Austin Student Government
Texas American Federation of Teachers
American Association of University Professors, Texas Conference
One of TACT’s primary legislative issues – the unfunded mandate of Hazlewood – took a major step forward yesterday as the Senate passed Senator Birdwell’s SB 1735. TACT is always quick to clarify that the organization is not taking a position on the appropriate level of assisting veterans and their families, but that it is a realization that the Legislature will never be able to keep up with the burgeoning costs to universities and tuition-paying students.
The 84th Texas Legislature is past its midpoint, but still too early to measure. While there seems to be plenty of money to spend wisely, the House and Senate budgets are far apart in style if not substance. TRS-Care for retirees has been plugged, but the markers for tax reductions are becoming lines in the sand – leading some to predict a special session if only to adopt a budget.