Texas Legislative Session begins next week
We are just days away from the beginning of what promises to be a lively session in the Texas Legislature. The new session is begins next Tuesday in Austin.
One issue that will get a lot of attention is a measure that Tomball's Debbie Riddle will introduce allowing teachers to carry guns in class.
“I think that we need to address the issue. We need not to look at it through rose-colored glasses. We need to look at it through a realistic lens and how we can best protect our children,” Riddle told KTRH.
Riddle's proposal is a response to the shootings in Connecticut a few weeks ago. Riddle says she wants to prevent a repeat of what happened last month.
“If any one of those teachers had a weapon on them, quite frankly we would have children alive today. It would have saved lives not taken lives,” Riddle explained.
State Senator John Whitmire told KTRH that Riddle’s idea deserves consideration.
“We all need to focus on security at schools. Whether its teachers with guns or a designated officer I’m not certain,” Whitmire stated.
Whitmire says Riddle's idea is valid but wants lawmakers to consider something else.
“We have one of the worst mental health systems in the nation right here in Texas. What we need to do is get serious about helping folks who show all the signs of being dangerous to society,” Whitmire explained.
Among some of the other issues that will be discussed starting next week include standardized tests for schools, a texting and driving law, and whether or not people receiving government assistance should be tested for drugs.