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Senate Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security, Select - 85th R.S. (2017)

Committee Members
Larry Taylor, Chair
Joan Huffman, Vice Chair
Brandon Creighton
Kelly Hancock
Don Huffines
Eddie Lucio
Charles Schwertner
Royce West
John Whitmire
Charges
• Improve the infrastructure and design of Texas schools to reduce security threats, and discuss various proposals to harden school facilities, including limiting access points, improving screening and detecting of weapons, retrofitting school facilities with improved
locks, emergency alarm systems, and monitoring cameras .
• Study school security options and resources, including, but not limited to, the school marshal program, school police officerss, armed school personnel, the Texas School Safety Center, and other training programs to determine what improvements can be made to provide school districts and charter schools with more robust security options.
• Examine the root cause of mass murder in schools including, but not limited to, risk factors such as mental health, substance use disorders, anger management, social isolation, the impact of high intensity media coverage - the so-called "glorification" of school shooters - to determine the effect on copycat shootings, and the desensitization to violence resulting from video games, music, film, and social media. Recommend strategies to early identify and intercept high-risk students, as well as strategies to promote healthy school culture, including character education and community support initiatives.
• Examine whether current protective order laws are sufficient or whether the merits of Extreme Risk Protective Orders, or "Red Flag" laws, should be considered for seeking a temporary removal of firearms from a person who poses an immediate danger to
themselves or others, only after legal due process is provided with a burden of proof sufficient to protect Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

Note:
Appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, 5/30/2018.
Press release, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, 5/30/2018
Committee charges in letter from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to Chairman Larry Taylor, 6/1/2018.
Letter, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, 6/1/2018

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